Memorial service planned for Wake Forest chef who died in crash

WAKE FOREST, NC (WNCN) — A memorial service has been planned for a Wake Forest man who died in a wreck on Friday.


Ian Reynolds, age 25, who was the executive chef at a Wake Forest restaurant died when his Jeep crashed on Friday night, officials say.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said a Jeep was heading eastbound and traveling too fast around a curve when the driver lost control and crashed.

The Jeep plowed into a woods near 7416 Ligon Mill Road and flipped several times around 9:30 p.m., NC Troopers say.

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Reynolds was the executive chef at the Real McCoy’s restaurant and had worked at the Rogers Road establishment about 2 years, the owners of the restaurant said.

“It was easy to tell he would make his food dreams come true after only spending a few minutes with him. He was a spreading flame that was extinguished too soon, but the signs of him will live on in the people he loved,” his obituary said.

Reynolds was a graduate of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School and had attended Wake Technical Community College, according to his Facebook profile.

“He achieved an unusual wisdom for a 25 year old. He knew the importance of the people in his life. He kept his friends and family close to his heart, and shared in their joys and pains. He was authentic!” his obituary said.

Owners of the Real McCoy’s restaurant said that Reynolds was a dedicated worker at the restaurant. They recently talked to him about expanding his role in the business.

Family visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main St. in Wake Forest.

A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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