By Kunjane Lyons-Latimer Social Media Correspondent
Editors. NOTE: Chauncey Northington, 41, was killed in a tragic car crash the day before Thanksgiving after suffering a medical condition at the wheel of his vehicle on his way to work. His vehicle hit a tree before crashing into a house on Davidson Avenue. Fortunately no one in the house was injured, but the house is no longer habitable. Known as “Mr. R & B,” the gifted vocalist has literally traveled the world. His loving and amazing family are relying on their unshakable faith to keep them strong. Chauncey Northington. Mr. R&B. Gone too soon. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, December 2) at Prince of Peace COGIC, 669 Kensington Avenue. Viewing is at 10am. The Celebration of Life begins at noon. His dear friend, Social Media Correspondent Kunjane’ Lyons-Latimer penned the following article in his honor.)
Chauncey R. Northington was born June 22, 1974. He grew up on Johnson St. with his mother Diane, father Alvin and baby sister Shavone. He attended #39 grammar school, then went on to Bennett High School. Chauncey was sweet, smart, talented and kind to everyone he met. He was every girl’s first model of a gentlemen; always giving respectful and thoughtful compliments to the young ladies. He was the model of a perfect brother and friend: caring, understanding, compassionate, and appropriately protective.
Growing up in the church under the direction of his grandfather, Pearlie Northington (The Fantastic Northington Singers) and his father Alvin (affectionately known as Abby), he was an amazing singer, blessed with golden pipes and the gift of song. Everyone knew he’d make something of himself in music. Chauncey was offered his first record contract in New York Cityin 1995 as a part of the R&B group “True Indeed” with members Teddy Turpin, Terrell Carter, Davon Dinkins, LaMont J., & Grammy Award-winning producer Stevie J. He was dubbed “Baby Boy” back then. True Indeed opened up for Bobby Brown’s Humpin’ Around Tour, worked with Cherelle, and was given the chance to write for Dave Hollister, Tevin Campbell, Deborah Cox, Simply Red, and sing background vocals for these artists as well.
Chauncey went overseas touring, as a result of working with local producer “Juice” in early 2001, singing in Oman every night for about three months from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.! Hehas graced the stages of Club Etcetera, The Metropolitan, Ujima, The Groove Lounge, The Tralf and countless others in Buffalo, NY, New York City and Los Angeles. Artistic, family oriented, God-fearing and a perfectionist are just some of the words used to describe “Mr. R&B” by his family and close friends. Gone but never forgotten, we send love and pray for his family as we pray his spirit over...God bless always and forever.
(Among those who contributed information for this article thank you: Teddy Turpin (True Indeed), Takiyah Amin (her mom Karima Amin taught Chauncey in grammar school and Takiyah attended as well with his sister Shavone from K-8), LaMont Josey (True Indeed), and Tamiko Corum (who sang with him in Oman).