Alvin Lee Toms, 1932 – 2015

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Alvin Lee Toms
Alvin Lee Toms

Alvin Lee Toms, age 82, of Crozet died April 25 at home with his wife, Ann, at his side. He was born October 9, 1932, son of the late Jerry M. and Hattie G. Toms at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Violet Toms.

Alvin, a life-long resident of Crozet and very much a part of the fabric of the community, was vice president and manager of the Crozet Branch of Bank of America, and retired after 43 years. He started with the bank in 1950 when it was Peoples National Bank, which became Virginia National Bank and later Sovran. The bank made two more changes from Sovran to Nations Bank and finally Bank of America during his time there. He was a graduate of Crozet High School and the University of Virginia’s School of Consumer Banking.

Alvin was devoted to the Crozet community. He was a lifetime member and past president of the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department. He was a longtime member of the Crozet Lions Club and a past president. He performed with their variety show for 32 years as an end man. He was cited by the national president of Lions for his long service to their sight conservation program.

He served on the Albemarle County Social Services Board for 11 years with 8 years as chairman. He was the first fund drive chairman for Claudius Crozet Park and a director for many years. He was a member of the Waynesboro Elks Lodge No. 2270, and active with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce during the 1970s.

He was a member of the Crozet United Methodist Church and served on the church board and as a finance chairman for 11 years.

Alvin was named in the 1974-75 edition of “Who’s Who in Virginia.” He was a “Life Changer” partner for the Salvation Army since 1992. Throughout his life he tried to help others and enjoyed working and living in the Crozet community. He was an animal lover and cared deeply for the four dogs he had over the years and for the last five years he even came to love a cat he adopted and called “Big Boy.”

In his later years, he became interested in the people in need in Appalachia and made a trip there to check things out and learn firsthand about the area and its people in need and became a supporter of the Christian Appalachian Project.

Alvin is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ann Ratcliff Toms; several cousins; and a helpful family member, Rhonda, along with many friends.

Funeral services were held April 28 at the Crozet United Methodist Church with interment in Rockgate Cemetery in Crozet.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Alvin to: Crozet United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 70, Crozet, VA 22932; Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, P.O. Box 7047, Charlottesville, VA 22906; Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 696, Crozet, VA 22932; or Hospice of the Piedmont, 65 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911

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