Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Battinto Batts, Sr.

06/05/1947 - 02/04/2018

Viewing Information

A viewing will be held, 9:30am-10:30am, Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Holy Rosary Church. Services are entrusted to Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Avenue.

Service Information

A Mass will be held, 11am, Saturday, February 10, 2018
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
3300 R Street Richmond VA

Interment Information

Interment-Private

Battinto Leroy Batts Sr. (Tunky), 70, of Dabbs House Road in Henrico County, Virginia, departed this life on February 4, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond. A native of Clairton, Pa., Battinto was the son of the late Olive Willis Batts and the late Leroy Melton Batts. He spent most of his life in Ettrick, Virginia, and graduated from Peabody High School in 1965. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Virginia State University. Battinto had a love for people and held a variety of retail sales positions throughout the Tri-Cities area prior to and during his enrollment at Virginia State. Post graduation, he worked as the Director of Cooperative Education in the VSU office of Career Planning and Placement for several years. Following that, Battinto was employed by the Virginia Department of Social Services in Hopewell, Virginia. He enjoyed making a difference in the lives of others and seeing them succeed in their endeavors. Battinto spoke fondly of the many students he worked with at Virginia State, and took pride in the role he had in launching their careers. An avid sports fan, Battinto enjoyed watching basketball and football, and rooted hard for his native NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cooking was also a specialty for Battinto, who carried on many family recipes passed down from his paternal grandmother. Battinto loved to cook and served his family heartfelt dishes such as kidney gravy, steak and gravy and salmon cakes. But his sons, Battinto Jr., Norman and Carlo, loved his famous Batts Burgers, made from a secret recipe. Devoted to his faith, Battinto spoke often about his love for God and Christ. He was a passionate member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Richmond, and sang in the choir and participated in other programs until his health declined. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Battinto loved Holy Rosary and enjoyed interacting with his fellow parishioners. He was a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He will be missed for many reasons, but most of all for his listening ear, wise counsel and caring manner. He is survived by his three sons, Battinto Leroy Batts Jr. (Tamala) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Norman Melton Batts of Philadelphia, Pa. and Carlo Lee Batts also of Philadelphia; his two grandchildren, Olivia Jasmine Batts and Amir Josiah Batts; three step-granddaughters, Lyndsay Brown of Hampton, Va., Mayah Brown of Richmond and Jourdan Jones of Cincinnati, three aunts, Mrs. Edith Worthy, Mrs. Janice Watts and Mrs. Geraldine Jackson, all of Pittsburgh, and a host of other family and friends, notably, Mr. and Mrs. Harold (Robin) Jordan.

Darrell Mallory Easter The Batts' Family, I was shocked and saddened when I heard of the passing of Mr. Batts on Monday morning via a text from my son Ryan (his godson). I think I last spoke with him a week prior to his passing and knew that he was very ill, but we still carried on a conversation that always ended with him saying "Thanks for calling and God Bless." I served as his Administrative Assistant and Assistant Cooperative Education Coordinator for 12 years in the Career Planning & Placement Center. I learned a great deal and acquired invaluable skills while working with him. He was a friend for life and will be sorely missed!
Posted: 2/13/2018
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Jackie Stokes-Brown My Dear Friend and Colleague from VA State University. He was an advocate for young people and worked tirelessly to place students in internships which often became employment opportunities. He would often call across campus to my office to keep me informed of internships available for specific majors. Since I taught some university-wide courses, I had students in my classes and Orchesis Dance Theatre of VSU that were in various majors. We had quite a partnership going on...I made the student recommendations to him and he successfully placed them...a good number of students were placed in internships with US Steel, Clairton Plant and in Pittsburgh. So amazing, the many Minority Engineers, Accountants, Business and other Professionals he helped to jump start their careers. He even placed a young man (Clairton native) that was my Student Sound Technician for Orchesis Dance Theatre of VSU. We both took such Pride in being Natives of Clairton, PA and Fans of The Pittsburgh Steelers and All Things that are Pittsburgh Sports. An Awesome Person!!! He was related to Nellie Dreher and Family who are close Stokes Family Friends. I will miss him. How Proud his Children and Family Must Be...Keep the Legacy Alive!! RWG 💕🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼💕🙏🏼
Posted: 2/10/2018
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June Ava Morgan Tunkie as he was affectionally know to me was one of the best cousins growing up. I love the fun and love he and his wife at that time Carolyn showed me. I loved going to spend endless week ends and sometime during the summer with them loving and assisting with the care of the boys. Battinto, Norman, and Carlos I have loved you guys since you enter this world. Even though I am not there with you guys in the flesh, I am in heart and spirit. I will truly miss Tunkie but I will hold on to all the good memories I have of him. Love you guys to the moon and back!
Posted: 2/10/2018
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Lloyd Hines, Lamara Hines Morris and Robert Hines It is with profound sadness that we learned of Battinto Batts death. We had grown together when we were introduced in times past and with The Almighty’s blessing and grace, undertook a spiritual and emotional journey that was magical where we became like family. Battinto inhaled us into his loving orbit from that moment and managed to become a stalwart in times of great news. Battinto was there like a rock when tragedy struck our mother Helen, our brothers Charles, and Roy Omawole Hines and Lloyd Jr. He invested his time in securing an academic foundation for our niece. Battinto loved hard and he was unabashed I his pride his adopted family. He was always there for our family as if it was his own.. We will always treasure our relationship with him. He was a good listener and a problem solver He will be greatly missed and we will cherish our time and all the memories we made with him. R.I.P. much beloved brother. The Hines Family of Petersburg, Va.
Posted: 2/9/2018
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Kevin Dreher My dear beloved cousin Tunky. I thank God for all the encouraging words you bestowed upon me during my time stationed in Virginia while in the Army and as well on Facebook. My heart was sad when I found out that God had called you home but happy that your soul is absent from the body and present with the Lord. To my cousin's, I send my sincere condolences to you knowing that God will comfort you during your time of bereavement. God bless you all. Love cousin Kevin🙏🙏🙏
Posted: 2/9/2018
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Evelyn Miles May God comfort you and keep you in His care.
Posted: 2/8/2018
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Vanessa B. Minter-Fegans Godfather Tunk...you will be greatly missed by your friend that you nicknamed BeBé after the comedy sketch of the late Robin Harris. And yes Tunk, I've held on to my BeBé birthday tee shirt. My sincerest condolences to the Batts family. He loved and spoke fondly of his sons. You have battled a long time and fought you did; now you are at rest never to be forgotten. Rest in peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
Posted: 2/8/2018
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SCRIPPS HOWARD SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM & COMMUNICATION February 8, 2018 Dear Battinto, Your Scripps Howard family is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your father, Mr. Battinto Batts, Sr. There is little comfort in grief despite the efforts of those around you who seek to bring healing and to offer consolation. However inadequate our words can and must seem at this difficult time, please know that we wish you hope in the midst of your sorrow and comfort in the midst of your pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we are sending you love and light each and every day. With sympathy, Administration, Faculty and Staff at Scripps Howard
Posted: 2/8/2018
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Nancy Treanor It was my privilege and pleasure to work with Battinto when he was employed at Hopewell DSS. He was a kind and compassionate man, a man of integrity, and a man who lived and shared his faith. Battinto was one of God's special gifts to earth, and it was a joy and blessing to know him.
Posted: 2/8/2018
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Brooke Taylor I am so sorry for you loss.
Posted: 2/8/2018
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Christil Darlene Blowe-Cates Mr.B you are truly going to be missed. I thank our Heavenly Father for allowing me to have the honor of having you play a special part in my life. Thank for your listening ear, your encouraging words, your loving heart & of course your delicious meals. My deepest condolences, love and prayers are with the family. Rest in Heaven my friend
Posted: 2/7/2018
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