Randolph Davis was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 1984 at the age of 111. To current knowledge, he was the oldest known living man in the world at the time of his death.

Randolph Davis was born in Elbert County, Georgia, United States on 15 October 1873. He grew up on a farm and only went to school until the third grade. He learned to take care of himself as a kid because his family made their own clothes and grew their own food. When he was young, he helped his family by picking and cutting cotton in a field. He lived most of his life in Elbert County.

At 100, Davis went to live in a nursing home and stayed there until he passed away. His eyesight went away when he turned 106, and by 107, he mostly used a wheelchair. But when he celebrated his 108th birthday in 1981, he was still sharp and could remember things like his third-grade teacher’s name and all nine of his siblings.


On 20 September 1983, following the passing of 111-year-old Sarah Isom, he became the oldest living person in the U.S. state of Georgia.

Following the death of 110-year-old Gregory Pandazes on 22 December 1983, Davis is believed to have become the oldest living man in the world. He would hold this title for close to one year before his death.

Randolph Davis passed away in Elbert County, Georgia, United States, on 15 December 1984, at the age of 111 years, 61 days. Following his death, he was succeeded by Joe Thomas as the world’s oldest living man.

LongeviQuest congratulates Randolph Davis’s family on his posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Mr. Davis’s Directory Profile here.