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MACON, Ga. (WMAZ) --Former Miss America Neva Jane Langley Fickling has died.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones confirmed Fickling, a Macon resident, died early Sunday morning.

Edward Eikner a piano instructor and professor at Wesleyan College, was close to Fickling and says she was diagnosed with stage four cancer a year and a half ago. He says she had been battling the disease ever since.

Eikner says she was a great student and became good friends they even played concerts together around the world.

Fickling was crowned Miss America in 1953 and was the only Miss Georgia to advance and win the Miss America title.

He says she never lost that Miss America charm.

"She had that wonderful capability of making every person she met feel really special. A lot of people felt like they were her adopted son or daughter, that kind of thing very gracious, charming, had a wonderful sense of humor also, loved to laugh, loved to make people laugh." says Eikner

According to the Miss America archive website, Fickling was born in January 1933.

Snow's Funeral Home on Cherry Street in Macon is handling funeral arrangements.

Fickling's memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday at two in the afternoon at Mulberry Street Methodist Church.

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