Barbara McInnis

July 13, 1946 - May 6, 2022

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Barbara Ann Holley, Battle McInnis, of Portsmouth VA, passed away Friday, May 6, 2022

She was born on July 14, 1946, in Portsmouth VA, to the late James and Susie (Grimes) Holley.  Barbara resided in New York for more than 20 years before resettling back to Virginia.  She worked in New York as a Head Chef in the Museum of Natural History. Upon returning to Virginia, she was the Dietary Supervisor in Portsmouth General and Aramark.

Barbara, being the proud woman she was, was excited to expand her knowledge and field of expertise and sought to return to school and became a CNA. She worked with SENTRA for fifteen (15) years before retiring. She continued to pursue new endeavors and life experiences as she found work with the Bojangles food industry as the morning prep manager. Barbara’s exemplary work garnered her Employee of the Month twice before becoming ill.

Beyond Barbara’s contagious wit and humor, she was a fantastic cook, an amazing dancer, and vibrantly compassionate women who was always ready to help those in need. Barbara was a dedicated, hard-working woman in every position, job, or task God allowed.

Barbara was preceded in death by her son Arthur Battle, 3rd, leaving behind her sister, Jeanette Holley Brooks, Portsmouth. Two brothers James Holley, Richmond, and Kenneth Holley, Portsmouth. A Grandchild Constance E Battle, and friends Janice E Battle and Joan Valentine NY, and Dennis Battle MD. As well as a host of family and friends.

The family thanks everyone for their prayer and condolences, they were beyond appreciated, they gave us great comfort.


We also thank, Justin Counts, Funeral Director; Cremation and Funeral Services of Tidewater for their support and comfort handling our beloved Barbara’s homegoing arrangements.


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