James Edward Carpenter, 77, of Yakima died Thursday at home. Mr. Carpenter was born in Cleveland, Tenn. He was a custodian with the Yakima School District for many years.

Survivors include five children, Michael Carpenter of Ellensburg, Patricia Eddy and David Carpenter, both of Yakima, and Harold Carpenter and Daniel Carpenter, both of Moxee; two brothers, Earlon Carpenter of Yakima and Robert Carpenter of La Porte, Ind.; a sister, Martha Sue Smith of Park; seven grandchildren and a grandchild.

No service is planned at this time. Arrangements are by Keith and Keith Funeral Home, Yakima.