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Misc obituaries from the Virginian Pilot (Virginia)

Posted By: Diane
Date: Thursday, 7 February 2008, at 10:48 p.m.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 4, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

Robert E. Haddox Sr.

CHESAPEAKE - Robert E. Haddox Sr., 73, of Chesapeake and a longtime resident of Clarksburg, W.Va., passed away Friday evening, Feb. 1, 2008.

He was born Nov. 18, 1934, in Good Hope, W.Va., a son of the late Hubert E. and Martha Alice Stuttler Haddox. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Elaine Caldwell Haddox, on Aug. 15, 1999.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robert E. Haddox Jr., and his wife Kay of Chesapeake; his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa D. Butcher and her husband Robert of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; four grandchildren, Eric Robert and Brittany Elaine Butcher and Danielle Nicole and Samantha Lynne Haddox; and a sister, Mildred Louise Stark of Clarksburg, W.Va.

Robert served his country in the U.S. Army as a mechanic. He then worked as a mechanic for Byron Construction, Mt. State Linen, United Welding, and retired from Browning & Ferris. He was a former member of the Hepzibah Baptist Church and the Clarksburg Moose.

Condolences may be sent to the Haddox family at

Friends may call at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, W.Va., Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. O.D. Harmon presiding. Interment will follow in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 4, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

Evelyn Harrison

NORFOLK - Evelyn Harrison, 80, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Feb. 3, 2008.

Mrs. Harrison was born in Bluefield, W.Va., to the late George and Fannie Fletcher Bevill and was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Elwood W. Harrison. She worked hard all of her life to take care of her family.

Survivors include two sons, Elwood E. Harrison and his wife Joan and David A. Harrison, all of Norfolk; three daughters, Emma A. Farr and her husband Maynard of North Carolina, Annette L. VanDerveer and her husband Gary of Chesapeake and Jannette S. Gimpelson of Powhatan; a sister, Mary Walker of Virginia Beach; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and first cousins, Mary Etter of Maryland, Sadie Mumford of Virginia Beach and Charles Hampton of Princeton, W.Va.

A celebration of Mrs. Harrison’s life will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Norview Chapel, by the Rev. Ernest Trueblood.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and Diabetes Association. Friends may visit and send tributes to her permanent memorial at

The family would like to express their appreciation for the care of Comfort Care Hospice nurses, Pat, Mary Jo, Jackie, Donna and Maggie.

The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 4, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

Henry F. Bolen Sr.

PORTSMOUTH - Henry Fletcher Bolen Sr., 91, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. He was a native of Henlawson, W.Va., and was the son of the late Jasper and Mary Bolen. He was a member of Portsmouth Moose Lodge No. 898 and retired from NNARF as a jet mechanic. He was predeceased by his wife, Hazel Bolen.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Alice Goley and husband Don of Chesapeake and Ruth Ann Pritchard and husband Larry of Gloucester; two sons, Henry F. Bolen Jr. and wife Jacque of Las Vegas, Nev., and Christopher P. Bolen of Bloomington, Ind.; a sister, Phyllis Brock; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by the Rev. Lowell Vaught. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 4, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

Eloise W. Waters

CHESAPEAKE - Eloise Walker Waters, 86, a longtime resident of Chesapeake, died Feb. 1, 2008. She was the daughter of the late Willie Augustus Walker and Vernie Thompson Walker of Richmond. She was also predeceased by a sister, Orita Austin; a brother, John Madison Walker; and a granddaughter, Linda Lee Kevitz.

She received a registered nursing degree at the University of Virginia and served as an Army nurse during World War II. While in Charlottesville, she met and married Louis N. Waters, M.D. of Portsmouth. She is survived by their five children, Vivian Kevitz and her husband Walter Kevitz, Linda Bouchard and her husband David Bouchard, Dr. Martha Luckenbach, Louis Waters and his wife Deborah Waters and Byron Waters and his wife Judy Waters. She is also survived by her brother, Willie Augustus Walker Jr.; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, all of whom she took great pride in remembering individually, no matter how rapidly their number increased.

Eloise was dedicated and baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1955. She greatly enjoyed the close friendships that she established with her spiritual sisters and brothers.

A visitation with the family members will be held Tuesday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Bennetts Creek Chapel on Bridge Road, Suffolk. A memorial service for her will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 4650 Shoulder’s Hill Road, Suffolk, VA 23435. Brother John McIver will conduct the service. After the memorial service guests are invited to the home of David and Linda Bouchard at 6731 Crittenden Road, Suffolk.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 4, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

William A. Harrell

PORTSMOUTH - William Acree Harrell, 85, of Fairway Drive, departed this life Feb. 2, 2008, in Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center.

William was born in Bertie County, North Carolina, the son of the late Willie and Grace Cook Harrell. William served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard. William was a dedicated member of Bethany Baptist Church for many years. He served the Lord faithfully in numerous positions within the church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Irene S. Harrell; and three brothers, George, Rubert and Alva Harrell. He is survived by two sisters-in-law, Christine S. Liverman and Clara Harrell; several nieces and nephews; and special cousin, Curtis Nichols and wife Rose.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by Pastor Gene Primm.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and also at his residence.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 4, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

Thomas J. Lavin

PORTSMOUTH - Thomas Joseph Lavin, 83, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. He was a native of Springfield, Mass., and was the son of the late Edward and Gertrude Lavin. He was retired from Suburban Propane Gas Company. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and an Air Force veteran of World War II. He was a coach for the Cradock Little League where his teams won four championships during the 1960s. He was a very loving and caring husband and father. To know him was to love him. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his devoted sweetheart of a wife of 63 years, Gladys L. Lavin; a daughter, Tina Marie Lavin of Portsmouth; two sons, Thomas Michael Lavin and his wife Patricia of Virginia Beach and Joseph M. Lavin of Portsmouth; two grandchildren, Curtis and April Joyner; and two nephews, Edward Lavin and his wife Linda and Dickie Lavin.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Central Baptist Church, Portsmouth, by the Rev. Tim Robertson. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Central Baptist Church, 1200 Hodges Ferry Road, Portsmouth, VA 23701.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 4, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

David Alan Pitzer

VIRGINIA BEACH - David Alan Pitzer, 50, passed away Jan. 31, 2008, in his home.

A native of Greenville, W.Va., he retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a chief after 22 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Edith D. Pitzer; a daughter, Julia D. Bines and husband Lorenzo of Suffolk; two sons, Gerald and Steven of Virginia Beach; his mother, Allie Marie Ford; three sisters, Rose Beane of Peterstown, W.Va., Susan Mines of Organ Cave, W.Va., and Ruth Shaver of Union, W.Va.; four brothers, Robert Pitzer of Gap Mills, W.Va., Larry Pitzer of Peterstown, W.Va., James Pitzer of Gap Mills and Herman Pitzer of Frankford, W.Va.; four grandsons and one granddaughter. He was predeceased by his father, Robert Frederick Pitzer and his brother, Gary Pitzer.

A funeral will be conducted today at 10 a.m. in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. Condolences may be offered to the family at

www hollomon-brown com

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 5, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :24

Leithel M. Frill

NORFOLK - Leithel M. Frill, born Jan. 4, 1923, in Morgantown, W.Va., died Feb. 2, 2008,

in Savannah,

Ga., after a

short illness.

She is survived

by one sister;

her three children, Donna

Allen, Frederick Frill III, Kelly Frill and their spouses; 17 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Frill II; daughter, Diana F. Rice; son-in-law, Harold J. Rice; and grandson, Mark S. Rice. Leithel was married for 40 years and lived all over the U.S. with her husband who was retired from the Navy after a 20-year career. She recently moved to Savannah to be near her children.

A funeral will be conducted Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel. The burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 5, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :24

Robert David Donaghy

VIRGINIA BEACH - Robert David Donaghy, 60, passed away Jan. 28, 2008. Mr. Donaghy was a native of Philadelphia, a former resident of Pennsville, N.J., and had lived in the Tidewater area for most of his life. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 27 years of service. He was a motorcycle safety instructor at the Little Creek Amphibious Base.

Survivors include his loving wife of 32 years, Kathleen P. Donaghy; one daughter, Kelly Anderson of Virginia Beach; two sons, David and Robert Donaghy of New Jersey; mother-in-law, Peggy Morelli; father-in-law, Carl Brown; three grandchildren; and several extended family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 5, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :25

Joshua C. Bunch

GATES - Joshua Calvin Bunch, 87, of the 1100 block of Drum Hill Road, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, in his home.

Mr. Bunch was born in Grant County, Oklahoma and was the son of the late Oscar C. and Frances E. Sheperd Bunch. A retired CPO first class with 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy, he served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and was also a veteran of the Korean War. After his military career, he worked with the Elizabeth River Tunnel Commission and was the supervisor of the WIND Program with the Suffolk City Department of Social Services. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 48 years, he held numerous callings which brought him great joy, notably as bishop of the Portsmouth Ward and as branch president of the Ahoskie, N.C., Branch. A member of the Gates Senior Citizens Card Club, the Drum Hill Hunt Club and the Gates County Historical Society, he had in years past raced pigeons and bred and showed Siberian Huskies. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death in 1994, by his wife, Phyllis Miller Bunch. Later he married his childhood sweetheart, Henrietta L. Pierce, who also preceded him in death.

Surviving are three daughters, Becky A. Edens of Gates, Donita Zundel and husband Norman of Elkridge, Md., and Jacque Ferraro and husband Frankie of Spring Brooke Township, Pa.; a sister, Thelma L. Miller; and two brothers, David E. Bunch and James L. Bunch, all of Kansas; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Franklin, by Branch President Greg Casper. Burial with military honors will follow in Southampton Memorial Park. Friends may join the family Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main St., Gatesville, and all other times at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to any chapter of the American Cancer Society.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 6, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :18

Phillip D. Melton

CHESAPEAKE - Phillip Duke Melton, 70, of the 1100 block of Red Maple Road, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, in Norfolk. A native of Asheville, N.C., he retired from Ford Motor Company after 36 years of service. Mr. Melton was a member of Brent Lox Baptist Church and was an Air Force veteran.

Survivors include two children, Sherry Lawson and husband Mike of Chesapeake and Phillip Melton and wife Nicole of Suffolk; six grandchildren, Krystle Lawson, Kristina Golden, Korynn Lawson, Madison Melton, Phillip Brock Melton and Kendall Lawson; two sisters, Jeanette Norris of Richmond and Yvonne Moore of Chesapeake; and two brothers, James Melton of Suffolk and Charles Melton of Windsor, Va.

A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Brent Lox Baptist Church by the Rev. Steve Bingham. Afterward, he will be sent to Morris Funeral Home, Asheville, N.C., for services and burial. The family will receive friends at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Brent Lox Baptist Church, 1005 N. George Washington Hwy., Chesapeake, VA 23323.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 6, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :18

T. Ashby Dashiell Jr.

SUFFOLK - Thomas Ashby Dashiell Jr., 84, a retired businessman, passed away Feb. 4, 2008, in the Lake Prince Woods Retirement Community. Ashby fought a valiant fight for a year and a half against the MRSA infection and a multitude of surgeries. His strength and bravery in the face of much adversity will be remembered by all of those close to him.

Born Feb. 17, 1923, in Smithfield, Va., he was the son of the late Minnette Vellines and Thomas Ashby Dashiell Sr. and grew up in Suffolk. He was also predeceased by his sister, Minnette Dashiell Starkey.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years, Margaret Saunders Dashiell; daughter, Frances Dashiell Slough and husband Steven B. Slough of Virginia Beach; daughter, Margaret Ashby Dashiell of New Orleans; granddaughter, Nadia Dashiell Wetzel of Chicago; and one niece, Nancy Bruce Sanderson and husband John A. Sanderson of Charlottesville.

Ashby was a graduate of Suffolk High School and achieved the honor of making the All-Tidewater All-Star football team in 1941. He attended both The College of William & Mary before World War II and the University of Virginia after the war. He served his country in World War II as an Army Air Force pilot.

Ashby loved life and was always happy. He was a genuine friend to many and everyone who met him liked him. He loved people and always had a positive attitude about life. He particularly enjoyed fishing with friends and gardening. The light of Ashby’s life was his family, especially his two beloved girls and granddaughter.

A funeral will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 213 N. Main St., Suffolk, by the Rev. Keith Emerson and the Rev. Mary Henderson. Following the service, a reception will be held in the church fellowship hall. The burial will follow in Holly Lawn Cemetery at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home & Crematory, 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk, Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Campus Enrichment Fund at Lake Prince Woods, 100 Anna Goode Way, Suffolk, VA 23434 or to R.H. Williams, treasurer, P.O. Box 1858, Suffolk, VA 23439 and marked Lone Star Lakes Fishing Camp. The family would like to thank everyone who has shared concern and prayers during this period and also to extend our deepest appreciation to the staff of Lake Prince Skilled Care for excellent and compassionate care of Ashby. Condolences may be registered at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 6, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :18

Henry Cluney

VIRGINIA BEACH - Henry “Ed” Cluney, passed away in Mooresville, N.C., Feb. 4, 2008.

Ed was a member of the VFW Post No. 4809 and past department commander of the state of Virginia. He was also a member of the Battle of the Bulge. He served in the U.S. Army. Ed was a great Boston Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his loving family including two daughters, Marjorie Cluney and Zetta Achilles; one son, Henry Cluney II; one sister, Margaret Farley of Rhode Island; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. The Rev. Tracy Bradshaw will conduct the service. There will be a VFW ceremony at the end of the service. Burial will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park with military honors. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Elaine M. Driscoll

VIRGINIA BEACH - Elaine M. Driscoll, 85, went to be with the Lord Feb. 5, 2008. She was born April 21, 1922, in Minneapolis, to the late George J. and Laura Paquette. Elaine loved to garden and was a member of the Laurel Cove Garden Club, enjoyed baking and was an avid walker, walking two miles every day. Elaine was a devout member of Church of the Holy Family and was an amazing example of strength, character and loving disposition to her family.

Elaine was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband of 52 years, James W. Driscoll Sr. She will be missed deeply by everyone who knew her.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Patricia L. Fisher and husband Stevan of Lake Forest, Calif., James W. Driscoll Jr. and wife Kathi of Virginia Beach, Suzanne M. Coleman of Galena, Md., and Kevin G. Driscoll and wife Christine of Haymarket, Va.; 11 grandchildren, seven greatgrandchildren; sisters, Marcella Couture, L. Joan Mueller and Barbara Simon all of Minneapolis; brothers, G. Robert Paquette of Minneapolis and John Paquette of Redman, Ore.; as well as other loving family and friends.

The family will receive friends at 9 a.m. Friday in Church of the Holy Family, 1279 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. A Mass of the Resurrection will be said by Father Joseph Slattery at 10 a.m. Friday in the church. Burial will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park.

You may offer condolences to the family at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 7, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

Clarence F. Campen

CHESAPEAKE - Clarence Frederick “Fred” Campen of the 300 block of Angus Road passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008.

Born in Hertford, N.C., he was the son of the late Jesse Clarence and Lucille Blanch Holloway Campen. He was the widower of Florence Elizabeth “Betty” Campen. Mr. Campen served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, was a veteran of World War II and a Pearl Harbor survivor. He graduated in 1949, from Oregon State University where he earned his mechanical engineering degree. Mr. Campen was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma and Sigma Tau engineering honor societies. Mr. Campen worked for Public Works/Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and after 30 years of service retired Jan. 12, 1982.

Survivors include his son, Dr. Floyd G. Campen and wife Kathy of Cape Carteret, N.C.; his daughter, Cindy Frances Graham and husband Keith of Smithfield; and his grandson, Zane Frederick Campen.

A celebration of life memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in Hickory United Methodist Church, 2708 Battlefield Blvd. South, Chesapeake, VA 23322. The Rev. Tom Mercer will officiate.

Friends are invited to sign the online guest book and send condolences at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 7, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

Wade B. Sherrill

CHESAPEAKE - Wade B. “W.B.” Sherrill, 82, also known as “Pappy,” formerly of Chesapeake, passed away after a long illness, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, in his home, 206 N. Memorial Blvd., Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948.

Born in Caldwell County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Roy C. Sherrill and Grace Bryant Sherrill and was predeceased by a sister, Wilma Smith and two brothers, Hal Sherrill and Jack Sherrill. Mr. Sherrill served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. Before retiring, he was self-employed as a general contractor for 45 years. He was an active member of Lake Drummond Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and gave much of his time and talents. He was a member of Bass Master Angler’s, Great Bridge Masonic Lodge No. 257, Chesapeake Shrine Club, Khedive Shrine Temple of Norfolk, Scottish Rite Bodies No. 898 of Portsmouth, Moose Lodge and the National Rifle Association. He was a charter member of the Wallaceton Ruritan Club.

W.B. is survived by his loving wife, Gerry S. Sherrill of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; the mother of his children, Betty Sherrill of South Mills, N.C.; two daughters, Yolanda Sherrill of Tarboro, N.C., and Yvette Wilson and husband Irvin of South Mills; one son, Bryant Sherrill and wife Dawn of Chesapeake; a stepdaughter, Tammy Smith Gould and husband Chris of Yorktown; two stepsons, Timothy Smith and wife Mimi of Camden County, North Carolina and Ted Smith of Chesapeake; a brother, Billy Sherrill of Lenoir, N.C.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral with Masonic Rites will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Lake Drummond Baptist Church, 3873 Ballahack Road, Chesapeake. The Rev. Buddy Hoggard will officiate. The interment will be private in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake.

Friends are also invited to send condolences and sign the online guest book at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 7, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :17

Okareta Scott Boone

SUFFOLK - Okareta Scott Boone, 97, of the 1500 block of Holland Road, passed away Feb. 6, 2008, with her family by her side.

Born in Coalton, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Okey and Anne Scott and was the widow of Jesse Linwood Boone. She was also predeceased by her son-in-law, William A. Turner, and her brothers, Homer, Elden, Pete and Clair Scott. A homemaker, she was a member of Bethlehem Christian Church, Ladies Star Sunday School Class and Molly Savage Circle.

She will be sadly missed by her loving daughter, Janet Boone Turner of Suffolk; one grandson, William Linwood “Lindy” Turner and wife, Sherry of Gates, N.C.; one granddaughter, Okareta Dawn Turner of Suffolk; sisters-inlaw, Ocie Scott of Bergoo, W.Va., and Ruth Boone of Halifax, N.C. Also missing her will be her great-grandchildren, Angela T. Godsey, Mary Margaret Turner, William A. “Cody” Turner and Kevin L. White; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bethlehem Christian Church by the Rev. Jonathan Palmer and Rev. Lafayette Wilkins. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may join the family at the Harrell and Hill Funeral Home on Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. for visitation, in the church fellowship hall following the committal and other times at the home of her daughter on Gunston Drive Suffolk.

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