Community Leader Carlton Andrew Tynes Sr. –  gone but not forgotten

 By Charles Moseley

“For many are called but few are chosen.”(Matt 22-14)

Carlton Andrew Tynes, Sr. answered the call. He was the fourth of 17 children born to Arthur and Elizabeth Tynes on August 21, 1932. He passed on December 28, 2019 at the age of 87.

Tynes graduated from Dillard Comprehensive High School with honors in 1950.

Throughout his life he displayed a commitment to his community and country.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, as part of the Sixth Armored Division.

     He was the co-founder of the Westside Gazette Newspaper, Fort Lauderdale’s oldest and largest Black owned Newspaper, in addition to serving as the news editor.

Remembering their struggles publisher emeritus Henry stated, “Carlton was a serious editor and he took his job seriously and like the first Black newspaper founders, we had our differences and we parted peacefully and our families remained friends.”

Tynes was a man of many talents. He taught swimming for the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Division over a number of years.

During the turbulent years which characterized the desegregation of schools, Tynes joined along with other civil rights activists in the struggle to prevent closure of Dillard High School.

He served as the arbitrator for the U.S. Postal Service, editor of their newsletter, and president of the Executive Board of Directors for the postal credit union. He retired from the postal service on April 2, 1990.

Maureen Clancy-Ciolek and Gina Benner shared their experiences while working with Tynes at  the Fort Lauderdale Post Office.

“ I had the pleasure of working with Carl Tynes at the Fort Lauderdale Post Office. With him being in Labor Relations and me being a Union Steward, we had our differences; in the end, we always worked things out. He was a kind and understanding man,” said Clancy-Ciolek.

“Carl and I were on opposite sides of every argument, but I always felt his kindness and respect. He loved his family, his job, and his co-workers. He was a great man,” said Benner.

Tynes remained committed to his community as an active member of the Dillard Alumni Association, and was a founding member of the Broward County Camper’s Club, along with countless other community related activities until the time of his passing recently.

After retiring from the postal service on April 2, 1990, Carlton and wife Shirley moved to Palm Bay, Florida where his sister Marva Buford resides. After his wife Shirley passed, he remarried and moved to Kissimmee, Florida where he died on December 28, 2019, from natural causes. Tynes was laid to rest with full military honors, next to his beloved first wife Shirley -Tynes in Palm Bay, Florida.

Tynes and wife Shirley fathered six children including; Sharon, Valerie, Carlton, Cathy, Anthony, and Robin.

To our dad- Carlton Andrew Tynes Sr.

What Is A Dad?

“A dad is the person who taught us to walk.

A dad is the person who taught us to talk.

A dad is the person who taught us as brothers and sisters to share.

A dad is the person who taught us to love and respect others.

A dad is a person who leads by example.

A dad is the person who was our role model and gave us the tools that would guide us through life.

And that man was you dad, Carlton Andrew Tynes Sr.

You were a man of honor, strength and integrity.

We love you and miss you.’’

Your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“Once you became a father the man you are come’s out.

Then you became a grandfather with more love to spend about.

Then you became a great grandfather, that was your greatest pleasure, knowing that to all

your family, you were a rare treasure.’’

Your loving family

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Carma Lynn Henry Westside Gazette Newspaper 545 N.W. 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Office: (954) 525-1489 Fax: (954) 525-1861

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