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Special Election for Ward IV seat to be announced next week

Next week a date will be set for a special election to fill the now-vacant Ward IV Alderman seat. The election is needed after the sudden passing of Alderman Ulysses ‘Coach’ Howell over the weekend. Howell suffered a major stroke on Friday and passed at a Memphis hospital late Saturday night.

Per state law Oxford’s Board of Alderman must declare the seat vacant and will announce a special election to fill it. This will take place during their regular meeting on May 21.

Howell was the longest-serving official on the current Board, spending the past 26 years as the Ward IV Alderman. There is also the need for a new mayor pro-tem as Howell also served in that capacity on the Board.

Born in Brandon, Howell began serving the City of Oxford in 1972 when he joined the Oxford School District as a coach and social studies teacher. He retired from OSD in 2009.

Hodges Funeral Service has announced funeral arrangements on Tuesday. A viewing will be held on Friday at L. Hodges Funeral Service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the funeral service being held at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Missionary Building at 20 Highway 334 at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Following the funeral service Howell will be laid to rest at the Oxford Memorial Cemetery.