Kellye Cash

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Kellye Cash
Born (1965-02-02) February 2, 1965 (age 52)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Occupation Musician
Title Miss Milan Crown and Scepter 1986
Miss Tennessee 1986
Miss America 1987
Predecessor Susan Akin
Successor Kaye Lani Rae Rafko
Spouse(s) Todd Sheppard
Relatives Johnny Cash (great-uncle), June Carter Cash (great-aunt), Rosanne Cash (cousin), John Carter Cash (cousin)

Kellye Cash-Sheppard from Memphis, Tennessee, was Miss Tennessee 1986 and Miss America 1987, capturing preliminary honors in both the talent and swimsuit competitions.[1]

Following her reign as Miss America, Cash toured with Bob Hope’s USO Show, and has appeared on The David Letterman Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and others.[2]

She has performed with numerous musical artists including Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, and Billy Joel, and appeared in many regional theatrical productions around the country. Cash was chosen for the lead part of country music legend Patsy Cline, in Always...Patsy Cline and has performed the musical on numerous occasions.[3]

Family and career[edit]

Her daughter, Cassidy Sheppard, was crowned Miss Dyersburg 2014 and went on to compete for Miss Tennessee in June 2014, placing in the top 16 finalists.[4]

In 2003, from April to December, Cash played the pivotal role of "Narrator" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat[5] at the Mansion America theatre in Branson, Missouri.

Kellye was named spokesperson for Youth Town of Tennessee (Alcohol and Drug Treatment facility for teens in 2012. Johnny served on the board of directors in 1965.

She has hosted and performed at several pageants over the years[6][7][8] as well as other events, such as for the finals of 2007’s ‘’Star Search’’.[9]

An advocate for conservative political candidates and issues too, Cash has twice been publicly elected to the State Executive Committee[10] of the Tennessee Republican Party. She performed at an event for presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, held before the 1996 Republican National Convention.[11]

Cash is the great-niece of Johnny Cash. She currently resides in Milan, Tennessee, a small town approximately 75 miles northeast of Memphis, with her husband, Todd Sheppard, a teacher and coach in the Milan public schools, and three children; son, Brady; and daughters Cassidy and Tatum.[10]

In addition to making approximately 100 appearances each year at charitable, community and political events, Cash has released six music CDs: four Christian and two country, including Living by the Word, and Real Life.[12] She is very involved in her local church by directing teaching a college and career class with her husband and also singing and playing for the church.


  1. ^ Associated Press (1986-09-14). "Miss America grandniece of Johnny Cash". Houston Chronicle. p. 3. 
  2. ^ "Miss America grandniece of Johnny Cash". The Oak Ridger. 2004-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Kellye Cash performing with Huntington Symphony Orchestra". Ironton Tribune. 2009-08-05. 
  4. ^ "Miss Tenn. Valley crowned Miss Tennessee 2014". Jackson Sun. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "A new classic Christmas song, an old classic Christmas singer". Courier-News. 2003-12-07. 
  6. ^ "Miss America Preliminaries". Atlantic City Press. 2003-09-18. 
  7. ^ "Changes and familiar faces on view at pageant". Roanoke Times. 2008-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Miss Tri-Cities 2009 Crowned". TriCity Herald. 2009-07-19. 
  9. ^ "Star Search finals this Saturday". Memphis Commercial-Appeal. 2007-10-18. 
  10. ^ a b "Celebrities born and raised in Gibson County". Jackson Sun. 2009-05-17. 
  11. ^ "Buchanan will throw big party in Escondido". San Diego Union. 1996-07-24. 
  12. ^ "Cash to perform at Picnic with the Pops". Herald-Dispatch. 2009-08-09. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Susan Akin
Miss America
Succeeded by
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko
Preceded by
Sonja Pleasant
Miss Tennessee
Succeeded by
Kris Beasley