besse_cooper.jpgMONROE, Ga. (AP) _ After the death of a Texas woman who previously held the title, a Georgia woman is believed to be the oldest person in the world.

When asked about her new title Tuesday, Besse Cooper, who is 114 years and 5 months old, said it's “rather great.''

The Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group certifies supercentenarians _ people who are 110 or older. It says Cooper became the oldest person after the death Monday morning of Eunice G. Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas.

Cooper was born in Sullivan County, Tenn., on Aug. 26, 1896, and moved to Georgia to be a school teacher during World War I.

She has four children, about a dozen grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and even a great-great-grandchild.