The oldest living person in the world, Besse Cooper, died on Tuesday in a nursing home in George, Rueters reported.
Cooped, 116, died peacefully in her sleep shortly after getting her hair done, CNN reported.
"She looked real good when she passed away," her son Sidney Cooper told Rueters.
She was in excellent health, apart from deteriorating eyesight, according to CNN. Cooper lived through three centuries.
Cooper was strong and determined woman and had been a teacher until her first children were born in 1929, according to Rueters.
Cooper had been stripped of her title when Brazilian-born Maria Gomes Valentim was discovered to be 48 days older, reported Rueters. She was later given back the title after Gomes Valentim died in June 2011.