published Friday, August 26th, 2011

World's oldest person to mark 115th birthday in Georgia

MONROE, Ga. — A birthday party is planned at a north Georgia nursing home for Besse Cooper, who's listed as the world's oldest person.

Cooper will mark her 115th birthday Friday in Monroe. Family members and a researcher from the Guinness Book of World Records will attend the ceremony. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Cooper will receive a plaque from the organization that determines the oldest person in the world.

Cooper was declared the world's oldest last January. In May, Guinness learned that Maria Gomes Valentin of Brazil was 48 days older. Valentin died June 21.

Cooper was born in Tennessee and moved to Georgia during World War I to find employment as a teacher. She has 12 grandchildren and more than a dozen great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Luther, died in 1963.

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Willmcdonald said...

This lady is a graduate of East Tennessee State. Her class ring is on display in the president's office. She has it going on!

August 26, 2011 at 5:24 p.m.
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