Frances Reaves O'Brien

October 27, 2017

Charlotte - Frances Reaves O’Brien, 80, passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017 in Charlotte, NC. Frances was born November 18, 1936 to Ted and Madeline Reaves in Henderson, NC.   She married Robert D. O’Brien on June 2, 1956 and spent the next 43 years as a military wife and partner, and mother to their children. They lived in Panama and Germany, but North Carolina was always their home; especially the Fort Bragg/Fayetteville area.

After her husband’s passing in 2003, Frances moved to Charlotte to be near her children, grandchildren, and eventually great grandchildren. She spent many happy and productive years in Charlotte. She suffered a stroke in 2012 that caused dementia, and altered her life greatly. We take comfort in knowing she is with the people she had missed so much the last five years.

Frances will be buried next to her husband of 43 years at the Fort Bragg Main Post Cemetery on Monday November 6, 2017. Service will be held at 9:30 AM at Fort Bragg Main Post Chapel.

Memorials may be sent to the 82nd Airborne Division Association Education Fund, P.O. Box 87482, Fayetteville, NC 28304-7482

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Joseph and Dreama Tolley

    On behalf of the Fayetteville Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, please accept our sincerest condolences. The O'Briens worked tirelessly on behalf of the Fayetteville Chapter and we remember well their contributions. It was our great pleasure to know them and pray that God will comfort you all during this time.

  • Sharon Doran

    So sorry to hear of Fran's passing. We met at swim aerobics at the Matthew's Levine senior Center. Then Fran introduced me to the Senior Traveling
    Trips with the Matthew's Methodist Church. After that we became canasta players and I subbed for the Bunco group. I have visited and called her but not
    lately so I was surprised to hear of her death. She was a very special person and I know she loved her family and was very proud of all of you.
    Sharon Doran