Hayden Chance Jackson, 23, of Springfield, Ohio fell asleep to enter eternal rest on Monday, October 22, 2018. Hayden was born June 2, 1995 in Xenia, Ohio, the son of Kevin and Lisa (McCormick) Jackson. Hayden received his salvation at the very early age of nine, at the Church of Jesus Family Worship Center, Springfield, OH under the leadership of his Surrogate Grandfather, the late Bishop Cecil A. (Poppy) Pratt, Jr. He was a proud member of Greater Grace Temple, City of David, under his current pastor, Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III, Detroit, MI.
Hayden was a senior music major at Wright State University, Fairborn, OH. He was also enrolled at Ron West Barber School, Dayton, OH. Hayden had a special attraction to senior citizens, so when his schedule permitted he worked part-time as an activities director at Wooded Glen Assisted Living Facility, Springfield, OH.
He was affectionately known as “Maestro” coined by Bishop Ellis, for his unique style, bridging the gap between classical and gospel music. Hayden developed a fond love of music early in life. At an early age, Hayden begin mastering the piano, playing a unique variety of gospel music ranging from old spirituals and hymns to traditional and contemporary, blended with a hint of classical. By 13, he became the full-time minster of music at a local church. Hayden was mentored by some of Ohio’s best piano instructors including the late Anna Gee Blackwell-Hagans and Lydia Smith-Lockwood.
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