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Blanche Cobb
Blanche Cobb
Blanche Cobb at the age of 110.
Birth: 8 September 1900
Jesup, Georgia, USA
Death: 1 May 2015
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Age: 114 years, 235 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Blanche Cleo Cobb (née Arrington; 8 September 1900 – 1 May 2015)[1] was a validated[2] American supercentenarian who was the world's eighth-oldest living person, the fourth-oldest living American resident and the second-oldest living Floridian behind Antonia Gerena Rivera at the time of her death.[3]


Cobb was born on 8 September 1900, in Jesup, Georgia.[4] When she moved to Folkston, Georgia, she met Johnnie Cobb Jr., whom she married on 24 December 1920.[4] He died in 1957, and Blanche promised that she would never marry another.[5] She had 13 children, 22 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.[4] Cobb lived with her daughter Mae Shields in Jacksonville, Florida, from 1978 until her death.[6][7]

Cobb credited her long life and good health to love of God, people and potatoes. Her daughter said that she was a "very Christian lady who never allowed smoking, drinking, guns or card-playing in her home." Otherwise, though, her home was "always open" to family, friends and just about everyone in the neighbourhood.[4]

She died on 1 May 2015 at the age of 114 years, 235 days.