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Besse Berry "Bess" Brown Cooper
Birth: Aug. 26, 1896
Sullivan County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Dec. 4, 2012
Monroe
Walton County
Georgia, USA

Besse Cooper died peacefully around 2 p.m.

When she turned 116 in August, a bridge was named in her honor in Monroe. Besse Cooper wasn't able to attend the dedication, but smiled when told of the honor, her family said.

She was born Aug. 26, 1896, in Tennessee, but moved to Walton County during World War I to teach because teachers in Georgia made more money, her son previously told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She married her husband Luther in 1924 and stopped teaching school when she had her first child at age 33. Luther Cooper died in 1963.

In a 2011 interview with the AJC, Cooper's family credited her lifestyle and genes for her longevity.

"I mind my own business and I don't eat junk food," she said at her 113th birthday celebration.
-ajc.com

Besse Cooper died peacefully at the Park Place nursing home in Monroe, Georgia, according to her son Sidney Cooper.

"She looked real good when she passed away," the 77-year-old Cooper told Reuters, saying his mother died quietly and without suffering.

"She got up this morning, had a big old breakfast and got her hair fixed," he said. "It's just like she got up planning to do it."

He said his mother, who taught school until her first child was born in 1929, had four children. All of them survived her and are still in good health, he said.

"She lived in three centuries. Don't many people do that," said Cooper. He added that his mother died after a brief bout of breathing trouble that put her back in bed after lunch.

Besse Cooper was first certified as the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records in January 2011. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Richard C Brown (1861 - 1932)
  Angeline M Barsheda Brown (1866 - 1927)
 
 Spouse:
  Luther Harris Cooper (1895 - 1963)
 
 Sibling:
  Besse Berry Brown Cooper (1896 - 2012)
  Richard C Brown (1909 - 1932)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery
Between
Walton County
Georgia, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 05, 2011
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- dhb
 Added: Aug. 26, 2014

- Rosie♥Mooch
 Added: Aug. 26, 2014
Wszystkiego dobrego, udanych 118. urodzin Besse.
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 26, 2014
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