Bohannon in March 2017.
|Birth:||14 March 1910|
New Castle, Kentucky, USA
|Age:||110 years, 27 days|
Bohannon was born in New Castle, Henry County, Kentucky, United States, on 14 March 1910. She was 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. They married in 1926 and immediately moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where her husband's sisters lived. They lived in various locations on the near northwest side of Indianapolis, near Fall Creek. They had three children: Clarence J. Bohannon, Lillian B. Campbell and Buford Bohannon. She worked as a seamstress and created tailored suits and furs.
At the age of 105, Bohannon participated in a women’s missionary club at Bethel A.M.E. Church where the group would work on craft projects and visit ill members. In March 2020, she celebrated her 110th birthday. Bohannon is 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. She was also a member of the Show and Tell Society and Heritage Place of Indianapolis.
Bohannon currently lives in Near Westside, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, at the age of 110 years, 27 days.
- BERNICE BOHANNON, ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW Indiana Historical Society, 11 August 2016
- 106-year-old Indianapolis woman knows the secrets to a long-lasting life Indianapolis News and Headlines, 11 March 2017
- 110th birthday Facebook, 14 March 2020