Kellye Cash-Sheppard from Memphis, Tennessee, was Miss Tennessee 1986 and was crowned Miss America 1987, capturing preliminary honors in both the talent and swimsuit competitions.
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, among others.
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.
Kellye's daughter, Cassidy Sheppard, was crowned Miss Dyersburg 2014 and will compete for Miss Tennessee America in June, 2014.
In 2003, from April to December, Cash played the pivotal role of "Narrator" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Mansion America theatre in Branson, Missouri.
She has hosted and performed at several pageants over the years as well as other events, such as for the finals of 2007's ''Star Search''.
An advocate for conservative political candidates and issues too, Cash has twice been publicly elected to the State Executive Committee of the Tennessee Republican Party. She performed at an event for presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, held before the 1996 Republican National Convention.
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.
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. 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.