The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 23, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Nathan Adkins

GREENVILLE — Nathan Adkins, 76 of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at his home. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Edna Mae (Michael) Bergines

LANCASTER, Calif. — Edna Mae (Michael) Bergines, 77, passed away on January 19, 2014, in Lancaster.

She was born on October 10th, 1936, in Beckley, to Alex Michael and Mary (Corey) Michael.

Edna graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1954 and St. Mary’s School of Nursing in 1957, followed by work in Cleveland, Ohio and Beckley. She married William O. Bergines “Willie” in 1963 and moved to California in 1966. She retired in 2001, after a 40-year career as a Registered Nurse and mother of two, and moved from Anaheim, Calif. to Lancaster,  to be closer to her daughter Barbara, and her family. Her passions were her four  grandsons, dancing, cooking, quilting, West Virginia’s mountains and her dear friends on both east and west coasts. 

She leaves behind her son, Michael William Bergines; daughter, Barbara Lynn (Bergines) Pruett, daughter-in-law Bibiana Castaneda, son-in-law James Pruett; grandsons, Kevin, Jason, Tomas and Nicolas; her brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Rene Michael, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held on January, 31st, 2014, at Central Christian Church in Lancaster, Calif., with Edna’s son-in-law Pastor James Pruett officiating.

Arrangements by Mumaw Funeral Home, Lancaster, Calif.

Shirley Winona Crookshanks Birchfield

CRAG — Shirley Winona Crookshanks Birchfield, 70, of Crag, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014, in the Charleston Area Medical Center.

Born March 11, 1943, at Crag, she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Faye Tincher Crookshanks.

Shirley worked as a mail carrier for many years. She enjoyed cooking and gardening. Many received her breads and fudge. Her favorite time of the day was sunrise, she used to hang clothes to dry as the sun came up. She attended Sewell Valley Baptist Church until she was no longer able to go.

Survivors include her loving husband of 53 years, Johnie O. Birchfield; three  daughters Teresa F. Birchfield of Crag, Patricia M. Birchfield-Thomas and husband Jim of Boomer and Lisa L. Birchfield of Rainelle; one brother Donald Crookshanks and wife Olive of Rainelle; and grandchildren Nathaniel N. Harris-Birchfield of Crag, Joshua, Morgan and Nicole Thomas all of Boomer.

Shirley was buried at sunrise on Wednesday, January 22, in the Big Sewell Baptist Church Cemetery on Sewell Mountain, Rainelle.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

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