Garner Road Bulldogs loses one of the original founders

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November 16, 2010

Clifton “Cliff” Warren Tyrance passed away on November 2nd 2010. With Hank Mattocks, Coach Tyrance had a vision and passion to affect the lives of young men in his community. He put in many hours coaching, mentoring, transporting and even feeding kids while they participated in Garner Road Basketball Club events throughout the country. He helped to build a legacy of in your face, high pressure and disciplined style of play. His teams were notorious for running teams out the gym. That legacy still lingers to this day. When you played a Garner Road team coached by him, you knew you were in for a high energy, in your face game – you normally lost.

He was a devoted Christian and an original member of the Silvertone Gospel Heirs who traveled throughout many States singing gospel music. He loved to sing and did that with his all male gospel group. He was a great family man who loved and cherished his wife of over 30 years. He and his wife were married by current Director of Garner Road, Dwayne West’s grandfather. This was discovered the first time they met. Dwayne West recounts “I remember the first time we met. We were standing in the lobby of the Garner Road YMCA. We were introduced to each other by Hank. Coach Tyrance said West, I was married by a West. I said to him my Grandfather Amos B. West Sr was a Baptist Pastor. This big smile came on his face and he said – that’s him, the one that blessed my union. I still remember the smile that came upon his face.” His son, Chris played for Garner Road Basketball Club and went on to play at North Carolina Central University.

Cliff was a 1966 graduate of Georgetown High School and went on to earn a B.S. Degree in Business from Elizabeth City State University in 1971. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

He will always be remembered for his words of kindness, wisdom, laughter and knew how to get you in order when the occasion called for it. He put his heart into everything he did and left his stamp of love on everyone’s heart he came in contact with.

The Garner Road Basketball Club thanks Coach Cliff for his time of service with the club and thanks his family for allowing us the opportunity to be impacted by a great man. We love you!

2 Timothy 4:6 – 7