A crowd of some 250 people gathered outside Mount Holly's Muncipal Complex on Central Avenue Sunday evening to celebrate the life of Tyler Herndon. It would have been his 26th birthday, but the Mount Holly Police Officer died in a shootout with a breaking & entering suspect early Friday morning (Dec. 11th).
Herndon was from Kings Mountain, but he had come to love Mt. Holly, where he had been a police officer for a little less than two years. "He told me just a few weeks ago that he loved this town and his job so much, he hoped to make it a career, to someday retire from the Mount Holly P-D," his father, Mark Herndon said.
Governor Roy Cooper has ordered flags at state facilities to be flown at half-staff each day through Monday in honor of Herndon.
Police had parked Herndon's patrol car in the yard of the Muncipal Complex later in the day on Friday. A huge American flag suspended from a fire department ladder truck hung overhead. People covered the car in flowers and balloons and many wrote notes which they posted there.
Herndon will be laid to rest in Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery Tuesday afternoon after a 2 PM Funeral Service at First Baptist Church, both in Kings Mountain.
Patrolman Tyler Avery Herndon, 25, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 11, 2020 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
Born in Mecklenburg County, NC, he was preceded in death by grandfather Adolphus "Junior" Phillips, uncle James Phillips and cousin Kristina Phillips. He was a 2017 graduate of UNC Charlotte majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. At the time of his death, Tyler was employed with the Mount Holly Police Department as a Patrolman. Tyler always wanted to be in law enforcement and loved his job. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with friends and liked to make those around him laugh. He was an avid fan of soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He was a loving son, grandson, brother, boyfriend, cousin, and friend. The family sends its deepest thanks to the Mount Holly Police Department and community for their overwhelming support as well as Cleveland County law enforcement for their assistance to the family.
SURVIVORS: Parents: Mark and Debbie Phillips Herndon, Kings Mountain, NC Sister: Lindsey Herndon, Charlotte, NC Girlfriend: Holly Weldon, Belmont, NC Paternal Grandparents: Ray and Jean Herndon, Kings Mountain, NC Maternal Grandparent: Vicki Phillips, Charlotte, NC Uncle: Chris Herndon (Mary), Orlando, FL Aunts: Deana Reep (Kerry), Belmont, NC; Terri Phillips, Belmont, NC; 6 Cousins
FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday December 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, with Rev. Dr. Steve Taylor and Rev. Dr. John Sloan officiating. It is recommended those attending wear masks and practice social distancing.
Tyler will lie in state Tuesday December 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM til 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain.
INTERMENT: Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
A guest register is available at www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home of Kings Mountain is in charge of the arrangements.