Funeral Sunday for 118-year-old Mississippi native

By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal

BROOKSVILLE – When 118-year-old Roberta Weston is laid to rest at her home church Sunday, many nephews and nieces will be there to mourn her passing.

The service, planned for noon at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, will be held at the church where she was a lifelong member, said Weston's niece Annette Stewart.

“She lived right here where I live now, and me and her used to walk to Mt. Zion together,” said Stewart, 68.

Weston, who had lived in Chicago the past 13 years, might have been the world's oldest person. She died in Chicago on Sunday in the home where she lived with another niece, Ruby Hampton. Other printed reports stated she had lived in Tupelo for a time.

However, because her age could not be documented, authorities like the Guinness World Records refused to acknowledge her among the super-old.

Through the years, Stewart said she visited Weston many times in Chicago, but Weston also returned to Brooksville last summer for the Hampton family reunion.

“I tended to her in the motel when the others went to the family reunion,” Stewart said. “Her mind was still sharp and she knew everybody.”

Stewart said Weston's only son, Eddie C. Macon, died in 1972, and although he had one son, they don't know where he is.

“Last I heard he was in Elgin, Ill.,” she said.

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Carters Funeral Service, 102 E. Pulaski St., Macon. Interment will be in Mt. Zion cemetery.

Weston was the oldest of nine children and outlived her siblings.

“Her youngest sister passed away last year at age 93 in Dayton, Ohio,” Stewart said. “She was the first one to come and the last one to go.”

Contact Daily Journal Corinth reporter Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com