Barbara “Bobbie” Upshaw Barringer

Barbara “Bobbie” Upshaw Barringer, of York County, Virginia, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, August 22, 2023.  Bobbie was born in Richmond, Virginia, on August 4, 1936, to the late Ludolph and Nellie Upshaw.  She was raised in Hampton, Virginia, where she was the 1955 homecoming queen at Hampton High.  Bobbie retired from Christopher Newport University in 2006 as a senior secretary in the accounting department.

Bobbie was known for her vast collections of beautiful items such as Victorian antiques, Snowbabies, P.Buckley Moss prints, bunnies, and fairies.  She took great care in decorating her home for each season with themed trees and was featured in Better Homes and Gardens.  Bobbie had an eye for beauty outside of the home as well as inside.  She spent countless hours creating whimsical gardens with beautiful flowers, fountains, ponds, lights, and statues that the grandchildren loved exploring.

Bobbie was predeceased by her eldest son, William Kelly Jones, Jr. She is survived by her devoted husband, David Barringer, and her children Kathy Carnegie (Rob), Sterling Jones (Paul), Chris Jones (April), Renee Auby (Tony), and Brian Barringer (Shannon).  Bobbie was MiMi to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank all those who helped care for Bobbie and her family these past few years, especially the last few weeks.  We are forever grateful.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Sonny Goodwin

    Dave, just saw the obituary notice in today’s paper. So sorry that we had not seen it earlier. Saddened to hear about your beautiful and sweet wife, with a smile that lit up the room. Our hearts go out to you, but know that you took such wonderful care of her when she needed it. Will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sonny and Pat Goodwin

  2. Lois Bates

    Dave, I was so sorry to learn of Barbara’s passing. Although we haven’t been in touch for a long time I’ll always remember her beautiful smile and the many hours we spent on the sidelines of our boys’ soccer games. My sympathy to you and your family.

  3. Louise Gorsica

    We are thinking about you and are here if you need anything. I loved walking outside to see Barbara working in the garden and our many lovely conversations that followed. She was always smiling and was such a wonderful neighbor for all these years. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Louise, Glenn & Brooke

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