Frances Osteen Williams

February 14, 2022

CHARLOTTE – Frances Osteen Williams, 84, of Charlotte passed away on Monday, February 14, 2022 following a brief illness.

Born in Oconee County, SC, Osteen grew up in Anderson, SC where she met and married Roy Williams and began her career as a military wife and mother. She worked tirelessly to provide a loving and stable home despite the multiple relocations of military life. Once the family found a permanent home in Charlotte and her sons were on their own, Osteen embarked on her second career in food service with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, eventually retiring as Cafeteria Manager at Pawtuckett Elementary School. Despite the demands placed on her by her job, she relished her role as a grandmother and was instrumental in the upbringing and development of her grandchildren. Amber, Alicia, Jason, Nolan and Worth were so fortunate to grow up with the love and attention lavished upon them by their devoted grandparents. As her husband’s health declined, Osteen transitioned to her third career, that of a devoted caregiver until Roy’s death in 2015. She was a tireless worker, a devoted wife and mother and a cherished friend. Osteen was gifted with a loving spirit and a generous soul.

Osteen is survived by her three sons, Jerry Williams and his wife, Saundra, Alan Williams and his wife, Virginia and Brian Williams and his wife, Veronica. Also surviving are her five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Forest Lawn West Cemetery, 4601 Freedom Drive in Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Osteen to a veteran’s charity of your choice.

May Her Memory Be Eternal.

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

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  • karen dunn

    Osteen was a truly great friend to my Mom.
    I loved her and her family they always treated me so good.
    Bless you and now you and the west side ladies can set up a bookstore up there with Mom
    And Dad .

  • Melanie Palmer Humphries

    I have such fond memories of Osteen. What a special lady. Prayers for the family.

  • Alan Nowell

    She was a far stronger woman than her petite frame indicated. A wry smile revealed a quick wit and dry sense of humor, one shared by her husband Roy and innately passed on to each of her children, tempered by their own character. Loved seeing the family today and sharing in one more life moment, even one that hurts so deeply. Peace and fulfillment to your broken hearts.

  • Jemma and Michael Brooks

    We feel so blessed to have known Mrs Williams and to have had her as a dear friend, we love her and we will miss her dearly.

  • Randy and Joanne Myers

    We are so sorry for the loss of your precious mother. How blessed she was to have such a loving family and live a long, happy life. God bless you all in this moment and always.
    With our deepest sympathies, Randy and Joanne Myers