Lyle was born June 14, 1929, in Putnam County, the son of James and Mary (Barr) Mathews.
He graduated from Reelsville High School, worked for the state highway department, served two years in the United States Army and was then employed by PSI/Cinergy.
Lyle spent 38 years at General Headquarters Plainfield, the Garage, retiring in 1991.
He enjoyed playing and coaching softball for many years in Plainfield, Greencastle, Brazil and Terre Haute.
After retirement, he continued to play on the Old-Timers Softball Team for PSI.
He also continued to work on family and friends' automobiles.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, raising animals and his pets.
He was a member of the Reelsville Volunteer Fire Department for several years.
He is survived by his wife Garlinda (Trout) Mathews, daughters Rhonda Mathews, Bloomington, Ind., and Tenia (Mathews) Wheat and her husband John, Shepherdsville, Ind., sons Lyle (Eddie) Mathews Jr., and wife Lynn, Brazil, Marlon (Hoffer) Mathews, Brazil, and Cliff Mathews, Reelsville, sisters Adrenne and Don Patterson, Greencastle, and Carol and Bob Gerlach, Cloverdale, brothers Gene and Delores Mathews, Brazil, and Rick and Sandy Shepard, Beaverville, Ill., brother-in-law Don Trout and his wife Janet, Florida, 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Marlene Hutcheson.
Services will take place at French Funeral Home Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m., with Dick McShanog presiding.
Burial will follow at Croy's Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Reelsville Volunteer Fire Department, Reelsville Little League or Benwood Church.