Community mourns the loss of a toddler from Fallston

A Fallston family is mourning after their Fourth of July took a tragic turn when their toddler fell into a pool.

Wyatt Scott Gordon, 2, died Sunday after being on life support for several days.

The little boy with the bright blonde hair and the charming smile was the son of Anne Marie and Zach Gordon and the older brother of Magnolia Gordon.

He was the grandson of County Commissioner Kevin Gordon, who was also past president of the North Carolina Firefighters’ Association.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Wyatt Gordon, grandson of former NCSFA and NCAFC President Kevin Gordon and his wife Sherry, and son of Zach and Anne Marie Gordon,” the NCFA said in a Facebook post. “The Gordon family is eternally grateful for the overwhelming support and continued prayers from everyone during this difficult time.”

The community came together over the weekend to support the family, and on Saturday a crowd gathered in the courthouse square to pray for the toddler.

“We have no words for this grief today, but we cling to a rock and a God who has a great plan and rely on His strength to help us live in a world without our Wyatt,” Anne Marie Gordon wrote on Facebook. “We cannot thank you enough for how this community and beyond have supported us during this time and continue to do so as we navigate something new.”

In his obituary, Wyatt was described as sweet, independent, crazy and loving.

“He brought a light into the world that made everyone who saw him smile. He was our shining son,” the obituary said. “Strangers would come up to him and tell him how beautiful he was, with his light blond hair, his big blue eyes, his cheeks and his smile that could brighten anyone’s day. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met, even if it was just for a fleeting moment.”

The two-year-old loved being outside whatever the weather and had a passion for fire engines and trains.

“He never missed a moment to point them out,” his obituary said. “He loved his partners in crime, Maverick and Goose. Most of all, he loved his mom, dad and Sissy. Wyatt lived his life to the fullest every single day. In two short years, Wyatt gave us a lifetime of love and memories and reminds us every day to find the sun even in the storm.”

Dozens of friends, family members and even strangers have signed the funeral home’s online memorial book, expressing condolences, sharing memories and saying prayers.

A family fundraising barbecue sponsored by the Charlotte, Waco and Fallston volunteer fire departments will be held Friday from noon to 8 p.m. The fundraiser will be held at the Waco Fire Department, 421 S. Main St., Waco. To-go plates and drive-thru pickup are $15 per plate, cash only, and will feature barbecue meats, coleslaw, beans, rolls and chips.

Since then, several fundraisers have been launched for the family, including a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to cover medical bills with a goal of $25,000. As of Monday afternoon, $16,000 had already been raised.

Michael Pendleton, Wyatt’s uncle, started the Gofundme campaign.

“This is Wyatt Gordon, my nephew,” he wrote. “He suffered a tragic brain injury when he fell into a pool on the 4th of July. This accident has affected many lives and families.”