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Ophelia Burks
Ophelia
Birth: 25 October 1903?
Haughton, Louisiana, USA
Death: 27 September 2018
Haughton, Louisiana, USA
Age: 114 years, 337 days
Country: USA FlagUSA
Unvalidated

Ophelia Burks (née Williams; 25 October 1903? – 27 September 2018) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). If her age is true, she may have been the oldest living American following the passing of Delphine Gibson.

Biography

Ophelia Burks claimed to have been born on 25 October 1903 in Haughton, Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States. Her parents were Frank Williams and Mary Ann Hartman. She never graduated from the primary school as her family didn't had enough money to buy a school supplies for each of their children. She had three brothers and eight sisters (all deceased as of 2004). She started going to church at the age of 11. She married a local farmer, Prince Burks.

Burks claimed having worked for 50 cents a day during the Great Depression. She came from a long-lived family. Allegedly, her grandmother lived to be 120. The grandmother, who was of Native American ancestry, didn't speak English and Ophelia couldn't understand her language.

Ophelia Burks had five children, including Autrey, Dorothy, Bernice, and Marie.

Burks died on 27 September 2018 in Haughton, Louisiana, USA at the alleged age of 114 years, 337 days.

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