Nina Willis Obituary, Death – May 21, 2023; Mrs. Nina Willis (1909-2023), the oldest living African-American individual, passed away on May 17, 2023 at the age of 114 years and 123 days. The Gerontology Research Group is saddened to announce her demise and expresses their condolences to her family and friends. Nina Willis was born on January 14, 1909 in Robinson, Georgia, in the United States. She spent her childhood in the hamlet of Robinson, Georgia, working as a farmer. She was the thirteenth kid of a total of twenty. Due to the fact that one of her brothers, Bethuel Frazier (1902–2011), lived to be 109 years old, the two of them are officially one of the oldest siblings ever recorded.
In 1947, she uprooted her life and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where she began a career as a housekeeper while still working at Kessler’s Department Store. She was married to Charles Willis, however they did not have any children together after they were married. Willis was a resident of a retirement community in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. She continued to read the newspaper every day and watch baseball and basketball games whenever there were broadcasts on TV for those sports. Pecola Kirby, who was extremely close to her, served as her caregiver and was also one of her sisters.
Willis had been the oldest person known to be alive in the state of Georgia, but when Willie Mae Hardy passed away on December 11, 2019, she is no longer the oldest. Willis was one of just three persons still alive in the United States who were born during the administration of Theodore Roosevelt. The other two are Edie Ceccarelli and Hazel Plummer. Bessie Hendricks passed away on January 3, 2023, making Willis the third and last member of this exclusive club. Maria Branyas Morera, on the other hand, was born in the United States prior to the births of all three of these centenarians, although she currently resides in Spain.