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Bernice Bohannon

Stefan Maglov
Validated By: Stefan Maglov On Date: Jul. 19th 2023

Bernice Bohannon (née Jackson) was an American supercentenarian whose age has been validated by LongeviQuest.


Bohannon was born in New Castle, Henry County, Kentucky, USA, on 14 March 1910, as the youngest of ten children born to Ollie Jackson and Olivia “Levia” Roberts. After her mother’s death in 1920, her father married Margaret “Maggie” Minor Scott, and she gained seven stepsiblings and, eventually, five half siblings.

Bohannon attended public school in New Castle, where she met her husband, Buford Bohannon. The couple got married in 1926 and immediately moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where her new sisters-in-law lived. The couple had three children: Clarence, Lillian and Buford. She worked as a seamstress and created tailored suits and furs.

Her husband died of cancer in 1980. She was a long-time member of Bethel AME Church in Indianapolis, where she has been involved with the Mary Campbell Missionary Society and the Birthday Club.

Bohannon passed away in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, on 5 July 2021, at the age of 111.

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Her age was validated by LongeviQuest on 19 July 2023.

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* “BERNICE BOHANNON ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW” – Indiana Historical Society, 11 August 2016

* “Want to live to be 107? Bernice will tell you how” – IndyStar, 12 March 2017

* “Bernice Bohannon Obituary” – IndyStar, 14 July 2021