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Rec center dedicated to longtime coach weeks after his death

June 15, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A recreation center in north Mississippi is being dedicated to a longtime coach who also served as an elected official.

The Oxford Eagle reports a naming ceremony was held last week for the Ulysses “Coach” Howell Activity Center in Oxford.

Howell died May 11 at age 69. He coached and taught for Oxford schools for 37 years and served on the Oxford Board of Aldermen.

Ten days after Howell’s death, the other aldermen named the activity center after him.

His daughter, Kesha Howell-Atkinson, said at the dedication ceremony Wednesday that her father is “smiling huge in heaven.”

Part of the 46,000-square-foot (4,275-square-meter) center opened in January to allow the completion of the Oxford Park Commission’s basketball season. Some other parts opened in February, and a gymnastics room opened this month.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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