New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 30, 2023

Ian Randolph Merritt

Ian Randolph Merritt, who was born on July 30, 1976, in Richmond, Virginia, was taken away too soon from us on May 4, 2023, in a car accident on Courthouse Road in New Kent.

Ian was a kind and enthusiastic person, a lover of music and food (especially mushrooms), and a helper to any person in need. His friendships were deep and abiding, and his smile and laugh will be missed by all who knew him.

Ian is survived by his father, Wyndell Merritt M.D., of New Kent, Virginia; his mother, Jeri Merritt, of Gainesville, Florida; his brother and sister-in-law, Hunter and Lori Merritt, of Sacramento, California; multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins in grief and sorrow of his passing.

A Celebration of Life is being planned for Ian in Northern California later this Summer, where he made many friends and spent several years. Inquiries of the Celebration of Life should be sent to Ian’s brother, Hunter, at or 916-873-6253.

Donations may be made in memory of Ian Merritt directly to Friends of the Eel River at, or directly to his brother in the aforementioned information.