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Obituary for Christian Shane Merritt

Christian Shane Merritt passed away July 6, 2023 at the age of 31. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Moses and Jeanette Cocke and paternal grandparents, Joe and Susie Merritt. He is survived by his parents Joe and Paula Merritt; brother, Travis(Brandy); many nieces and nephews; a host of family and friends; his three dogs, Jaxin, Scooby, and Scrappy.

Christian was a bright light, even as a child. He was loving and he touched many hearts and lives .He was talented, smart and giving. He just loved people, listening to music, singing, dancing and watching reality TV. His zest in life will live on forever. His memory will always bring a smile to our faces because he cared.

His 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Dawson shared with us; Christian was special. I loved all of my "kids " very much. But he was vivid. From the first time I heard him sing in my class he had my heart. I remember a few years later he had some piercings, and he took them out before he came to see me because he didn't think I'd approve, or be shocked or something. I loved that he cared, but I told him that I loved him for who he was, because THE HEART HAS NO EYES. I just wanted him to be happy and be the best he could be. I know he was gifted. I know he had a huge heart. I know he was heartbroken at times, and his life was a hard road to travel at times. He was gifted, and those whom he loved were blessed. His bright brown eyes were so full of promise and hope. Promise and hope are two of the things Jesus left us, so I know Christian understood this. I really loved and was so impressed by your little boy.

Christian was the baby of the family and we will never be the same without him. Our lives were touched in so many ways and we will miss him until the day we are all together again. We all love you so very much and will never forget all the wonderful memories we made together in your short time on this earth. I know you are in heaven singing and dancing with the angels and your wonderful Nanny, Papa, Grandma Susie & Papa Joe.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Sunday, July16, 2023, from 5-7 PM, at Graham Funeral Home, 1112 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake, VA. The funeral ceremony will be held the following day July 17, at 11 AM, also at Graham Funeral Home. A catered reception will take place immediately following the service. Following the reception the committal service will be held at Princess Anne Memorial Gardens, 1110 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA. To leave a condolence to the family or to view the service online please visit