Rachel Crenshaw Birckhead

December 12, 1918December 4, 2018

Birckhead, Rachel C., 99, of Richmond, VA passed away on December 4, 2018 in Manassas, Va. The daughter of the late Wilbur E. Crenshaw and Mary L. Smith Crenshaw, she was born in Charlottesville, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Warren T. Birckhead, and by siblings, Allen, Ferguson, and Ruby Crenshaw. Survivors include her daughter, Linda B. Ralston and husband Dr. Wayne A. Ralston, two grandchildren, Warren C. Ralston (Kelly) and Dr. Sarah A. Ralston, and three great grandchildren.

Rachel retired from J. C. Penney Co. as a sales audit clerk. She was a longtime member of Ridge Baptist Church. The family will receive friends on Monday, December 17, from 6-8 PM at Woody’s Parham Chapel. Funeral services will be at the Chapel on Tuesday, December 18 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ridge Baptist Church, or Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church,


  • Visitation Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 18, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Rachel Crenshaw Birckhead

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December 12, 2018

Dear Linda, Wayne, and family - Your mother was our wonderful, kind, and thoughtful neighbor for about twenty years in Richmond. She always came over to the many little parties, cookouts, and other family gatherings. Rachel truly was a third grandmother to my children, Courtney and Foster, and watched them grow up. They often went to Rachel's home after school where she cared for them as if they were her own grandchildren. I am comforted knowing she is now forever reunited with her husband, Warren, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Love, David Woodburn

Bob Richardson

December 9, 2018

Uncle Warren was my mother's brother. I was blessed to have a close relationship with that side of my family. I couldn't have been closer to Aunt Rachel if we had been a blood relatives. My she be resting in the presence of our Savior.

David Richardson

December 6, 2018

Dear Linda, Wayne and family. We were so sorry to hear about your mom. We loved her very much. We do have some great memories of spending time with her and Susie and Mary. They were three characters. We know we will see her one day in heaven. God bless you all. David and Sheila