LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A service full of songs, prayers and encouraging messages to celebrate the life of late Laurel Police Chief Tyrone Stewart was held on Friday. Hundreds gathered at Life Church in Laurel to celebrate what they call a man of humility, integrity and great character.
The church was packed with family, friends and loved ones gathering to remember Chief Stewart.
During his funeral, several people told stories about him as a police chief, brother, college teammate and family member.
Stewart died at 48 and served as the police chief of Laurel since 2011.
Several law enforcement officers talked about how his integrity motivated them to be the best they could be as officers and strong representatives of the communities they serve.
Stewart’s passing was a shock for not only citizens of Laurel but for folks all over the state of Mississippi.
Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee spoke highly of Stewart saying he was a devoted and inspiring police chief that was perfect for the job.
“His main emphasis, especially to young people, was that where he came from did not dictate where he could go,” said Magee.
It was evident during the service that Stewart left a lasting impact on family members, residents of Laurel and fellow law enforcement officers.