Bohannon in March 2017.
|Birth:||14 March 1910|
New Castle, Kentucky, USA
|Age:||110 years, 224 days|
Early Life and Family
Bohannon was born on 14 March 1910 in New Castle, Kentucky, USA. 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 future 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.
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. At the age of 105, she participated in a women’s missionary club at the church, where she helped to work on craft projects and visited ill members. She was also a member of the Show and Tell Society and Heritage Place of Indianapolis.
Bohannon currently lives in Near Westside, Indianapolis, Indiana. In March 2020, she celebrated her 110th birthday.
- 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