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World's new oldest person: Gertrude Weaver, 116, of Camden, Arkansas


The oldest person in the world lives in Camden, Arkansas. Gertrude Weaver, born on July 4, 1898, claimed the title Wednesday after the death of a Japanese woman, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Weaver, 116, is very healthy, vibrant and energetic, according to Kathy Langley, the administrator of Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden.

“I think probably the thing we learn from her is to love everybody. The thing she talks to us about more than anything else is that she’s been blessed because of her kindness,” Langley said.

Weaver was born to African American sharecroppers in southwest Arkansas. She had four children. Langley says Weaver’s son, now in his 90s, visits her every day. Weaver has lived at Silver Oaks since she was 109. Langley says she’s equally as special as all of the nursing home’s 90 residents.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.