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Deana Bolton Covin

Mrs. Covin passed away at her home in Kilgore on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

Deana Bolton Covin was born in Henderson June 22, 1922 to Fred and Thelma Selden. Shedevoted her life to entertainment –-as a performer, director, organizer and producer. This began as a student at Henderson High School and continued well after her retirement in 1993 at Kilgore College.

She entertained with dignity, with class, with professionalism, and with poise.

A native of Henderson, she graduated from Henderson High School where she earned many honors including being the first drum major of the high school band, the most representative senior high girl, highest female graduate in her class and citizenship award recipient.

As a high school student she was national baton twirling champion two years and won first place in dance twirling in a Lions International Convention.

Deana attended Stephen F. Austin State University, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in 1943, just three years after showing up on campus as a freshman. She continued twirling at SFA, serving as drum major of the Lumberjack band four years. She was honored as Miss SFA three consecutive years. She returned to SFA and earned a Master of Education degree in 1971.

Professionally, she was the originator and director of the Kilgore Tops in Twirling and Drill team from 1956-1984. She was director of the Dallas Tex-Anns and director of halftime for the Dallas Texans, coordinator of Superstar Drill Team camps from 1976-1990 and for 15 years taught private twirling school.

An employee of Kilgore College for 27 years, she sponsored the KC cheerleaders and then she became assistant director of the Rangerettes in 1972. Mrs. Covin was promoted to director upon the retirement of Gussie Nell Davis in 1979. She held that position until her retirement in 1993.

Honors presented to her in the ‘90s include having Kilgore proclaimed “Deana Bolton Day” in 1990, named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Kilgore Rotary Club in 1991, receiving the prestigious “Rolle” award from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1992, having Revels dedicated to her in 1993 and receiving the Hall of Fame award from the Texas Dance/Drill Team Educators Association in 1997 and being named Kilgore College's Ex-Teacher of the Year in 1999. The gym where the Rangerettes practice daily was designated the Deana Bolton Covin Rangerette Gymnasium in 2001.

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