James Francis Goble

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James Francis Goble

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Birthplace: Marion, Smyth County, Virginia, United States
Death: December 20, 1956 (43)
Newport News, Virginia, United States (Brain Tumor)
Place of Burial: 520 Shell Road, Hampton, Hampton City County, Virginia, 23661, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Jackson Goble, Sr. and Anna Thomas-Goble (Smith)
Husband of Katherine Johnson
Father of Private; Connie Ann Boykin-Garcia (Goble); Katherine Moore and Private
Brother of Helen Goble McClanahan; Private; Private and Private

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About James Francis Goble

This was the first husband of Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson, a notable groundbreaking African-American physicist and mathematician who worked for NASA's aeronautics space program back during the early 1950's through the late 1960's/early '70's. Together they had three daughters, Constance, Joylette and Katherine. James Goble died of an inoperable brain tumor. Katherine is still living and will be 99 years young later this month.


James fell ill in what would become a protracted fight with cancer. To help support her family, Katherine quit school and returned to teaching. However, during a trip to visit relatives in Newport News, Virginia in 1952, her sister and brother-in-Law told Katherine they believed that opportunities were opening up for black women in mathematics at a nearby aeronautics research facility. The next week, the Gobles relocated so Katherine could pursue her dream.

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James Francis Goble's Timeline

1913
March 29, 1913
Marion, Smyth County, Virginia, United States
1943
April 27, 1943
White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, USA, White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, WV, United States
1956
December 20, 1956
Age 43
Newport News, Virginia, United States
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Pleasant Shade Cemetery, 520 Shell Road, Hampton, Hampton City County, Virginia, 23661, United States