2011-02-16 / Front Page

Miss Fanny Mae Thornton turns 107

Fanny Mae Thornton Fanny Mae Thornton “Happy birthday granny, we love you, from all your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren,” read the greeting from one of Fanny W. Thornton’s grandsons — William Thornton of Zion, Ill. — in last week’s Early County News.

Mrs. Thornton turned 107 Feb. 11 and a lot of that family gathered at Early Memorial Nursing Home Saturday to celebrate her birthday.

Miss Fanny was born in Georgia Feb. 11, 1904. She moved to Blakely in her teenage years and has lived here since. She was married and had 13 children. Nine of her children, along with her husband, have passed.

She had lived on a farm owned by the late Mark Brownlee most of her adult life where she raised her children and some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Miss Fanny was a dedicated worker for the late Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brownlee.

Due to all the years of hard work and health issues, she is currently a resident at the nursing home. Although her body is feeling the effects of the past century, her mind is still sharp. Miss Fanny’s youngest daughter, Shirley Battle, still resides in Blakely and oversees her care.

And Miss Fanny's reaction overall when friends and family turned out for her birthday party? “Well, she mostly just smiled,” said Shirley.

Note: According to the Gerontology Research Group, the world’s oldest living person also lives in Georgia.

Besse Cooper of Monroe, Ga., recently became the oldest person in the world when Eunice G. Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas, also 114 years old, died.

Cooper is 114 years and five months old, the eldest of a group of people confirmed to have lived at least 110 years.

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