Barbara Jo Walker

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Barbara Jo Walker
Barbara Jo Walker.jpeg
BornMarch 12, 1926
DiedJune 7, 2000
Other namesBarbara Jo Walker Hummel
Alma materUniversity of Memphis
TitleMiss America 1947
PredecessorMarilyn Buferd
SuccessorBeBe Shopp

Barbara Jo Walker Hummel (March 12, 1926 – June 7, 2000) was Miss America in 1947.


She attended the University of Memphis and is an alumna of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She is also the mother of the late Andy Hummel of the legendary Memphis-based power pop band Big Star.

She was the last Miss America to be crowned in her bathing suit; all since 1947 have been crowned in their evening gowns. Walker, was Miss Memphis, the last city representative to win the crown. She died in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 7, 2000.[1]


  1. ^ "Miss America History 1947". Archived from the original on 2006-12-21. Retrieved 2006-12-30.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marilyn Buferd
Miss America
Succeeded by
BeBe Shopp
Preceded by
Miss Memphis
Succeeded by
Lois Welch