World’s oldest living person Besse Cooper celebrates 116th birthday

By on Aug 28, 2012 in Amazing, Lifestyle, United States Comments

Updated: December 5, 2012 6:20 p.m.

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Besse Cooper of Monroe, Georgia, USA, who is Guinness World Recordsworld’s oldest living person, celebrated her 116th birthday on Sunday, August 26, 2012. She gained the title in January 2011, lost it for awhile, and got it back again.

Besse Cooper 116th birthday

Besse Cooper, world’s oldest living person,
on her 116th birthday on August 26, 2012

Image Credit: GuinnessWorldRecords.com

As announced at GuinnessWorldRecords.com that day, Besse Cooper, whose maiden is Brown, was born in Tennessee on August 26, 1896, and moved to Monroe during World War 1 to find a job as a teacher. She married her husband Luther in 1924, and they had four children.

As noted in the report, Cooper‘s 116th birthday was marked with the ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday of a newly completed bridge on New Hope Church Road in Walton County, where she lives; and three of her children were present during the event.

“The older she has gotten the more wittier she has gotten,” Sidney, Besse‘s son, was quoted during the ceremony, adding that her mother said that she is happy for being the reason to name that bridge. Besse now has 12 grandchildren and more than a dozen great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Back in May 2011, Maria Gomes Valentim from Brazil was declared as the new Guinness World Records title holder as the “Oldest Living Person,” after it was learned that she is 48 days older than Besse Cooper. However, Maria passed away on June 21, 2011, and Besse re-claimed her title since then.

Cooper, who was declared by Guinness as among the members of the elite group of eight super centenarians who have lived to the age of 116, was asked about her secret to long life, and simply said, “I mind my own business, and I don’t eat junk food.”



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