Kylene Barker was Miss America 1979!
Barker was born in Galax, Virginia and attended Oakland Elementary School, Woodlawn Intermediate School, Carroll County High School and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Barker has been married three times to James Brandon, a business man who was later arrested for conspiracy, mail and bankruptcy fraud; Ralph Hibbard, who died of cancer in 2002, and Ian McNeill, a Canadian businessman.
Barker and McNeil now split their time between Ontario, Canada and Naples, Florida.
Miss America Organization involvement
Barker won Miss Pulaski County, a Miss America Organization local competition, qualifying her to compete for Miss Virginia 1978. She went on to win Miss America 1979 on September 9, 1978 while performing gymnastics as her talent. It's reported she won close to $100,000 in prize winnings and scholarship.
Barker acted as a spokesmodel or ambassador for Clairol, the Manmade Fiber Producer's Association, The Palm Aire Spa, the Made in the USA Council" and the US Sugar Association. She opened her own shop during her year of service and operated it for 13 years before its closing in 1992.