Martin Francis "Babe" O'Brien
GREENVILLE, SC-- Funeral services for Martin Francis "Babe" O'Brien will be held at Covenant Grace Baptist Church (formerly Leawood Baptist Church) on State Park Road in Greenville, SC on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. The family will be receiving friends at the church beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Martin passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, April 5th with Velma, his loving wife of 46 years by his side.
Martin was born on November 7, 1925, in Charlotte, NC and was the son of Martin Jeremiah O'Brien and Mary Regan O'Brien. He was the younger brother of Carolyn O'Brien Haggerty, now deceased. The O'Brien family relocated to Spartanburg, SC where Martin attended Spartanburg High School and later received a business degree from the University of South Carolina and Columbia University. He was a member of the University of South Carolina's ROTC and served in World War II as a Navy ensign on the aircraft carrier The USS Nassau.
In 1961, Martin founded and operated Frontier Electronics, Inc.; which provided electronic and computerized monitoring equipment to the textile industry. He was a dedicated supporter of Greenville Technical College and a generous donor of various charities throughout the Greenville area.
He is survived by his wife, Velma O'Brien and his son, Martin Francis O'Brien, Jr. (Frank) and his wife Anna and his grandson, David Martin O'Brien; Anna's son, Philip Stevenson and daughter, Emily Stevenson Moore, all of Greenville, SC. He is predeceased by his daughter, Katherine Shepherd O'Brien McDonnel. He is also survived by Velma's son, Jeff Davis and his wife Mary; her daughter, Earlene Webb; grandsons, Randy Webb, Andrew Davis, and Matthew Davis; granddaughters, Rhonda McGinty and Jill Harris; and great-grandchildren Luke Hodge, Madison Hodge, Roger Harris, Anna Kate Harris, Elizabeth Harris and Sarah Harris.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Martin O'Brien scholarship fund at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown