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Slain woman’s family organizes mile walk for weekend

By Charles Young

Friends and family members of Sheila "Kathy" Goble, a 64-year-old Charleston woman who was brutally murdered by her co-worker, are organizing a 1-mile walk in her honor.

The event, the 2013 Hope Walk for Kathy Goble, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Riverfront Pavilion in Charleston's Coonskin Park.

Goble's son, Jason McCartney, along with organizer and friend Jeff Crist and family spokesman Billy Herald, organized the walk in coordination with the Charleston YWCA.  Proceeds from registration fees and donations will benefit the Hope House - the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program's shelter for domestic violence victims and their children.

 Crist said he and McCartney came up the idea after considering the violent circumstances of Goble's death and her lifelong love of children.

"To honor his mother, we wanted to find a way to make something so tragic shed a positive light and give some hope to other members of the community who were victims of violence and lift them up in their time of need," he said. "This is consistent with who she was and what she loved."

Following Goble's death, Crist said members of the community reached out to her family, donating more than $1,500 toward a charitable trust. Because of legal complications, the trust couldn't be established and McCartney instead decided to donate the money to the Charleston YWCA.

The YWCA will use that money and funds raised by the walk to purchase playground equipment and a computer for preschoolers.

Pam Gillenwater, director of the Resolve Family Abuse Program, said the organization, which offers its services to residents of Kanawha, Clay and Boone counties, was proud to be the beneficiary of the walk.

"We learned that Jason wanted something positive to come from the tragic circumstances surrounding his mother's death, and I feel like we were able to promise him that the proceeds would do just that," she said.  

Goble went missing after leaving work at Kelley's Mens Shop on April 24, 2010.

Nearly two years to the day of her disappearance, her remains were discovered in a shallow unmarked grave in the back yard of her co-worker, Charles March.

March, a 61-year-old shoe salesman at the West Side store, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Adult registration for the walk is $25 and child registration is $10. To register or donate additional funds, visit

Contact writer Charles Young at or 304-348-1796.

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