NC Native, World's Oldest Person Dies At 114

Emma Faust Tillman, the North Carolina-born woman who became the world's oldest known living person two weeks ago, died Sunday night at a Connecticut nursing home at the age of 114.

A spokeswoman for the nursing home says Tillman, the daughter of former slaves, died peacefully, and that several family members were with her when she died.

Tillman was born in Sedalia, which is near Greensboro.

Tillman's reign as the world's oldest person was short-lived. She assumed the title January 14th with the death of 115-year-old Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto Rico. That's according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Friends and family members say Tillman lived independently until she was 110 years old, and that she was deeply religious since childhood and always attributed her longevity to God's will. Her great nephew says Tillman never smoked, never drank, didn't need glasses and only reluctantly agreed to wear a hearing aid.