JACKSON — East Feliciana Parish School Board member Henry Clay Howell IV died Friday night after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Howell, a retired teacher and coach in East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes, had held the District 3, Division 2, seat from the Jackson area since January 2003 and began his third term on the board in January.

Funeral arrangements with Charlet Funeral Home were pending on Saturday. He is survived by his wife, Melinda R. Howell; a son, Henry C. Howell V; a daughter, Clara; and other relatives.

Melinda Howell, a teacher at East Feliciana Parish High School, previously served as a School Board member from the Jackson area.

The School Board is scheduled to consider naming an interim member at the board’s regular June meeting on Tuesday and setting a special election to finish the term on Oct. 22, according to an agenda request sent to board members Saturday.