116 & Counting

I have to say congratulations to Besse Cooper who lit up the birthday cake on Sunday... celebrating 116 years!

Besse Cooper, the world's oldest person according to the Guinness World Records, lives in Georgia.

In honor of Cooper's achievement, a bridge was named after her in Monroe, Ga. And she got her picture on the front page of the paper along with a ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday, Aug. 24 for the bridge opening.

And according to her son, Sidney: 

"The older she has gotten the more wittier she has gotten,"


Bessie was born in Sullivan, Tenn., in 1896, according to the Walton Tribune. She moved to Monroe during World War I to become a teacher. In 1924, she married her husband Luther and the couple had four children. Today, Cooper has 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, according to the Guinness World Records.

Cooper has a secret to achieving 116 years of life.

"I mind my own business," she told the Guinness World Records. "And I don't eat junk food."