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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Long Time Evansville Educator Dies

Newswatch has learned that Dr. Carl C. Lyles Sr., the great-great grandson of Lyles Station founder Joshua Lyles, and a long time educator for the Evansville Vanderburgh County School Corporation, has died. Dr. Lyles' son Harry says his father died at St. Mary's Medical Center on Monday. A wake is scheduled from 4-8pm CST Friday at the Alexander AME church on Walnut Street in Evansville. The funeral is scheduled for 1pm CST Saturday at the church. Information about Lyles Station on indystar.com lists Dr. Lyles as a descendant of the founder of that community of freed slaves. Two brothers, Joshua and Sanford Lyles, started the town around 1840 along the Wabash River in what is now Gibson County. In Evansville, Dr. Lyles taught at the then all-black Lincoln High School beginning in 1949, moving to Reitz in 1962. He became principal of Central Evening School in 1967, and was later named assistant principal of Central High School. He was also an adjunct faculty at both the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana. He was appointed and later elected to the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Board from 1978-1983, and also served on the Human Relations Commision.

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