Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory - Reid Chapel

412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, VA


Doris Bennington Toms

October 8, 1938June 19, 2020

TOMS, Doris Bennington, 81, was born in Nelson County, Va. on October 8, 1938.

She entered Heaven’s gate on June 19, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her steadfast husband, Alvin P. Toms; and is survived by her devoted sister, Shirley Toms; her two children, Sherry Shelton (W.D.), Tracy Toms (Jennifer); along with her four grandchildren, Ben Shelton (Natasha), Shelly Shelton, Scott Toms, Savannah Toms; and her two little buddies, Lexie and Aubree.

She gained her wings peacefully in her home in Elmont, Va. under the constant and around the clock care from her loving granddaughter, Shelly and her loyal and dedicated daughter, Sherry, who kept their promise to her to stay by her side till the very end.

They would like to thank all the health care providers and care teams that administered such exceptional care and compassion.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, services will be private.


  • Alvin P. Toms, Spouse (deceased)
  • Shirley Toms, Sister
  • Sherry Shelton (W.D.), Daughter
  • Tracy Toms (Jennifer), Son
  • Ben Shelton (Natasha), Grandson
  • Shelly Shelton, Granddaughter
  • Scott Toms, Grandson
  • Savannah Toms, Granddaughter
  • and her two little buddies, Lexie and Aubree


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Doris Bennington Toms

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Jacquelyn Zacharias

June 22, 2020

So sad to hear about Doris' passing. She and Alvin were such good neighbors to both of us. Our prayers to your family.

Lyn Zacharias and David Potts

John & Barbara Bengel

June 22, 2020

Doris Toms was a true and faithful friend for 50 years. She always lived an exemplary life. We lost a classy lady.

Jennifer Toms

June 20, 2020

Doris was the best mother in law that I could have ever dreamed of. I was truly blessed to be her daughter in law. I miss her so much.