'Venus will be greatly missed by the Miss America family, and our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.'Kenny Upchurch, a retired sheriff's officer in Kentucky, befriended Ramey after she won the title, but they never talked about it, or her experiences on behalf of the war effort.
Rather, he said, they would chat about local concerns at the post office when she came to pick up her mail.
Totality will cross the US from west to east, beginning at Lincoln Beach, Oregon, where totality will occur at 10.16am (PDT).
It will cross the US over roughly an hour and a half, passing through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.
His biggest concern isn't just the weather - cloud cover or rain the afternoon of the eclipse - but people not showing up.'The good news for us is the science is on our side that it will be a sunny, hot day,' Hendricks said.
Ramey was married with two sons and ran a Kentucky tobacco farm for 50 years.'Venus was a revolutionary Miss America who lived a full life, cared deeply about her country and our military, and utilized her influence for the good of our nation,' said Josh Randle, president of the Miss America Organization.Venus, selected to represent the District of Columbia in the Miss America pageant as Miss Washington, D.