Doris Ray Beaver Thompson, 81, of Fort Mitchell, VA, passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  She was the daughter of the late Varner and Louise Beaver of Drakes Branch.

Doris is survived by her husband of sixty-two years, William; daughter, Leigh; sons, Chad and Richard and his wife Amy; and three grandchildren, Carter, Sarah, and Owen.

Doris loved taking care of her husband, children, grandchildren, flowers, and her animals. She loved working in her church and was an adult Sunday School teacher at Plantersville United Methodist Church. After raising her children, she went back to work at the Lunenburg County Courthouse, first in the clerk’s office and later as a secretary to the Honorable Judge William Wellons. She worked to establish the Friends of the Fort Mitchell and Keysville Depots in order to restore and preserve the historic building sites. Mom never met a stranger and loved to laugh and have fun. Her favorite musician was Elvis and even through the later stages of her disease she still found joy and comfort listening to his music.

A visitation will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, September 2, 2023, at Plantersville United Methodist Church, 1281 Thompson Road, Drakes Branch, VA.  with the funeral service to follow at 2 p.m., and interment in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Condolence Messages

  1. Joe and Par Farrar

    31 August 2023 6 months ago

    We are so very sorry! Prayers for all her family and friends!

  2. Sulane Scruggs

    31 August 2023 6 months ago

    William, Leigh, Richard, and Chad, I am so sorry about Doris Ray. I wish she hadn’t had to leave us, but I know she is in the arms of Jesus. She enjoyed life, laughter, and having fun. I loved her. We had some fun times together with Nancy. I pray she and Nancy are together again!

  3. Robbie D.Pryor

    01 September 2023 6 months ago

    Thompson Family, I was so very sorry to learn of Doris Ray’s passing. May God give you comfort and peace. keeping you in thoughts and prayers.

    Robbie D.Pryor

  4. Sardis Ragsdale

    01 September 2023 6 months ago

    Our sympathy goes out to the Thompson family. Doris and I had great times at Lunenburg County Courthouse. We laughed all the time, because she was such a joker and I wasn’t much help toning it down. There are stories that I could talk about for days we shared together. There was the time when Doris was supposed to print a 12 month calendar for the new year. Doris does a whole year print out 365 days. The printer would not stop printing and the Honorable Judge Wellon comes in to work that day. I came in the door she was about to fall out of her chair laughing. I looked under her desk, it was a pile of papers. We laughed until tears were rolling down our face. Doris said I thought the Judge wasn’t going to leave. So I was guilty to trashing all that paper. I love Doris, she will always be one of my special friend I first met when I started working at the Lunenburg Courthouse Complex. Doris rest in peace. Forever Be Remembered, Sardis

  5. MARK ANTHONY FEARS

    01 September 2023 6 months ago

    PRAYERS

  6. Jimmie & Berta Pettus

    01 September 2023 6 months ago

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Doris Ray. I knew her for many years, she was a lovely person and touched many lives with her kindness and love of life. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Trina Beck

    01 September 2023 6 months ago

    Prayers for all of you. Doris was such a sweet and caring person. I loved working with her on the train depot project. I am sure she is telling jokes up in heaven and loving every minute of it. God bless you!

  8. Sardis Ragsdale

    01 September 2023 6 months ago

    Our sympathy goes out to the Thompson family. Doris and I had great times at Lunenburg County Courthouse. We laughed all the time, because she was such a joker and I wasn’t much help toning it down. There are stories that I could talk about for days we shared together. There was the time when Doris was supposed to print a 12 month calendar for the new year. Doris does a whole year print out 365 days. The printer would not stop printing and the Honorable Judge Wellon comes in to work that day. I came in the door she was about to fall out of her chair laughing. I looked under her desk, it was a pile of papers. We laughed until tears were rolling down our face. Doris said I thought the Judge wasn’t going to leave. So I was guilty to trashing all that paper. I love Doris, she will always be one of my special friend I first met when I started working at the Lunenburg Courthouse Complex. Doris rest in peace

  9. David Watts

    03 September 2023 6 months ago

    Junior and Family , I extend my deepest sympathy , she was a fine lady , I pray our Lord and Savior will comfort you all at this time !

  10. Frieda Trammell Whirley

    04 September 2023 6 months ago

    So sorry for your loss.

  11. Robin Hawthorne

    07 September 2023 6 months ago

    It’s been a very long time since I lived in Keysville. But I can say without a doubt meeting Doris Ray while her mother Louise was in Britthaven has been a treasure in my memories of Keysville. I am so sorry to learn of her battle and passing. We often spent hours talking when she would come in to visit her mother. She could always brighten the gloomiest of days. I will remember her fondly, and smile when I think of her.

  12. Catherine (May) McCarey

    21 January 2024 1 month ago

    So sorry to hear this, family. I will always remember her infectious laughter and our chats years ago about music. She made everything brighter and will be missed!

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