The Johnson County Schools family is mourning this week with the loss of one of its highest-soaring eagles.
Cathy Goble Gullett, born June 17, 1949, to Worth and Lorraine Burton Goble in Paintsville, passed away Friday. She was 69.
Gullett is remembered fondly both as a gifted educator, reaching thousands of students over her career, as well as a successful coach for the Johnson Central High School golf program. According to her obituary, Gullett was also involved in countless other athletics and extracurriculars, helping as scorer for basketball and swimming, coaching cheerleaders, working with the Paul B. Hall Foundation to raise money for golf scholarships, and leading the JCHS newspaper and radio station. Even in the summer, Gullett was coaching golfers at camps at the Paintsville Golf Course. Gullett worked tirelessly with the schools’ 4-H program and perennially helped organize Project Prom, in addition to remaining a tireless cheerleader for all JCHS athletics and other competitions.
“She once said, “If an Eagle was playing tiddlywinks, I would be there cheering,’” her obituary reads in part.
Amiee Cantrell-Webb, a JCHS English teacher, remembered Gullett fondly as both her former golf coach and later, a mentor in teaching.
“(I’m) absolutely heartbroken,” Webb said in a social media post. “She was my coach. She was my cheerleader when I played at UK. She was my colleague when I came back to JCHS to teach. She turned her beloved Eagle’s Cry newspaper over to me and I still have it. She was my go-to person when JCHS was planning something and we needed help on historical information, yearbooks, and pictures. Most of all, she was my friend.”
Johnson County Schools officials said Gullett will live on through her connection to the school.
“I think her passing has definitely left a huge void in the Johnson Central High School family,” said Johnson County Schools Superintendent Thom Cochran. “With that being said, with the life she led, the legacy she’s left will carry on through the halls of Johnson Central and through all people she impacted.”
Gullett also worked with both the Kentucky Education Association during her career and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association after retirement, eventually serving as KRTA president for 2016-2017.
Gullett was also a faithful and longtime member of her church, Rockhouse Freewill Baptist, joining in 1983.
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Central High School gymnasium.