Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Charles O’Brien died today in Crossville. He was 86.
Justice O’Brien was a member of the 83rd and 84th Tennessee General Assemblies, before being elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 1970. He served there until his appointment to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1987 by Gov. Ned McWherter. He retired from the court in 1994.
Visitation is tentatively set for this Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville. The funeral is tentatively set for Monday at one o'clock and will be held at the Tansi Community Church. Tansi is in the Crossville area.
Justice O’Brien served in the infantry during World War II and also served during the Korean War. He attended Cumberland Law School, graduating in 1947, and practiced law in Memphis from 1948-67 and in Crossville from 1967-70.
His survivors include former Sen. Anna Belle Clement O'Brien.
“Charles O'Brien devoted his life to his family and to public service,” Chief Justice William M. Barker said today. “His contributions to the state as both a member of the General Assembly and as a judge will serve as a fine man's outstanding legacy. All of those who knew him will miss his gentle and kind disposition and his wonderful sense of humor.”