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Obituary for Mr. Ian Chance "Baby" Wells

Ian “Baby/Chipmunk/Jay” Chance Wells passed away suddenly at DUMC on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at the tender age of 15.
Ian was born in Durham Regional Hospital in Durham, NC, on March 8, 2006. He was “the Last of the Mohicans”, an expression his mom would use because he was her seventh child, sixth living, and the last child she would birth.
Ian was a great inspiration to many and began to touch the lives of others from birth until the day God saw fit to take him home. Ian never met a stranger and had a smile that lit up the room. Ian was gifted with charisma and charm; these were his secret weapons when he found himself in tight spots. Ian was definitely a classic man before his time, he loved nice suits, cowboy boots, and nice dress shoes. His outfit, whether jeans and sneakers, casual or dressed up, was not complete without his cologne. His brother, Jared would say- “Ma this dude stay in the mirror, he thinks he is a pretty boy. I know we were not that bad”.

Ian attended York County, Durham County and Person County Schools where he participated in the band, wrestling and football teams. He earned a spot in the prestigious STARS {Special Talents in the Arts} program, playing the drums, which is held at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. His most memorable drum experiences were playing at the church convention where Pastor Shirley Caesar was the guest speaker and playing for family members home goings. Ian also was a member of the Masonic Boys youth group the Knights of Pythagoras.

Ian had an instant love for music from a very young age. Gospel was at the top of his list, next to the Disney channel, “Never Would Have Made It” by Marvin Sapp was his favorite song. Ian was a lifelong member of Highways and Hedges #2 and under the covenant of Elevation Church after relocating to South Carolina. Ian was volunteer usher and participated in the youth group.

Ian was preceded in death by: Corrick L. Taborn (brother), Albert Speight, Frank “Buddy” Brown, and Thomas Wells (Great Grand Father’s), Maggie Sumpter Williams and Nellie Brown (Great Grandmother’s), Alton D. Wells and Jerry L. Williams (Uncle’s, role models and mentors), Roger Lee and Trent L. Brown (Great Uncles), Titus Richardson and Moncel Garrett-Richardson (Cousins).

Ian leaves to cherish his sweet, sweet memories: a loving mother Karen Wells; Brothers: Ken Wells of Durham, Earic Wiggins (Tiffany) of Chapel Hill, Jared Taborn (Dejonee) of High Point; Sisters: Imani Taborn of Burlington, and Teresia Barber, of the home. Bednia E. Wells (Great Grandmother), Valarie G. Wells (Grandmother), Larry Q. Brown, Sr. (Ruby) Grandfather, Larry Q “Quint” Brown, Jr, Charles R, Wells, Larry Q. “Lil Larry” Brown, Jr (Cierra), (Uncles); Cara Davis (Fred), Catrina and Angela Richardson, and Erica Dawson (Phillip)all of Durham (Aunts) His father: Scott Crutchfield; Antonio Smith, Jaylsa McManus and Tavian Stewart, Brothers; Damize Kellogg and Porsha Crutchfield, Sisters; Sicrine C. Robbins, Grandmother; Frederick Crutchfield (Uncle); and Leslie Crutchfield (Aunt), all of Greensboro, NC.
Ian was more than a son, brother, or grandson he was an awesome uncle to Z’davia (14), Matthew (14), Ken Jr (10), Zion (6), Alton {his lil buddy} (3), Christopher (3), and the jewels of his life were Jade (3) and Iman (1). Although Ian had a soft spot for his two youngest nieces his bond with Matt surpassed that of uncle, they were more like brothers and best friends. Ian has 3 great Aunts: Diane (Willie), Sharon (Bernard), and Bonnie (Jerry). They were all very inspirational in his life, but Aunt Bonnie and her husband Jerry (God rest his soul) shared a bond special with Ian.

Ian leaves behind a host of cousins, family members, extended family, friends and loved ones. Some too special not to give homage to. So, shouts out to the village that has helped mold Ian and that have been touched by his loving charm and affectionate nature: Aunt Pat & Big Sister (Patricia Martin & Sunshine Parks), Grandma Peggy (Peggy Brown) and all the Brown Family, Rhonda and Chris Hoskins (God mother and God Brother), Uncle Smitty and Aunt Betty, Uncle Anthony and Aunt Tasha George, and Aunt Tammy, Ms. Evans (School Mom), and Tamara and Gerald Mills (Ma and Pops). There are so many people that Ian has come across during his life that have touched him spiritually and I just want to thank God for each one of you, even the people we did not know and met in passing that saw God’s hand upon Ian.

Ian’s smile and personality were so infectious he made friends everywhere he went. Shouts out to his closest friends: Tinisia “Joy” Brown, Torey, Ja’Len, Jamark, Omega, Akee, Sincere, Tyquan, DeMonte, Jamond, Matth and Tajon.

Ian may not be with us on earth anymore, but he will never be forgotten!

In Life Ian was Love and Ian was Loved by many and God loaned Ian to earth for this period of time to grow, blossom and bring joy and comfort to others. Now Ian dwells with the Father who looked down in his garden and pick his most beautiful flower.
And brought him home…….