Happy Birthday, Besse Cooper!

August 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

World’s oldest person, Besse Cooper, celebrates her 116th birthday today! According to the Guinness World Records there have only been eight other people to reach the age of 116.

Besse’s birthday hits close to home for AmeriCare Georgia as she lives in our very own small town of Monroe! In honor of her achievement, a bridge was named after her as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, August 24.

Besse was born in Sullivan, Tenn. in 1896; the year of the first Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and the discovery of gold in Yukon, Canada. She moved to Monroe, Georgia during World War I to become a teacher. She has lived through global milestones such as the U.S. stock market crash of 1929, the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the first man on the Moon in 1969 and of course the widespread adoption of electricity, cars and technology as we know it today.  To say the least, Besse has seen the nation at its highest and lowest points as well as some of the most significant historical events in the world.

She married her husband Luther in 1924 and since then has had 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. When asked her secret to achieving 116 years of life Besse said, “I mind my own business and I don’t eat junk food.”

Happy Birthday Besse – Thank you for showing us all that is possible.

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