At 115, Inkster woman is world's oldest person

After the passing of two other centenarians, the oldest person in the world lives in metro Detroit.

The oldest person on the planet is Jeralean Talley at 115 years, 319 days. She was born in 1899 in Georgia, but calls Inkster home.

She eats what she wants, loves her family, and credits God, who calls the shots.

"You might want to go this way and He doesn't want you to go this way," Talley said. "He'll make you go that way. He's just the boss. If I had to visit him, we wouldn't be here." 

Her advice: Do unto others and love each other no matter what your skin color is.

"The best advice I can give you," she said. "If I do not want you to tell a lie about me, I won't tell a lie about you. Treat your fellow man, I don't care what color, treat your fellow man like you would want to be treated. 

"Like you want to be treated, you treat him that way. Treat him like you want to be treated."

Thelma Holloway is her daughter.

"She's not on a diet or nothing," Holloway said. "She doesn't believe in diets."

She reaches for grapefruit, cream of wheat, fruit cups, juice, hot coffee and oh and ...

"She likes to eat junk," Holloway said. "She loves her junk and pop. My granddaughter brought her a box of those little round doughnuts. She eats all that stuff."

After a few minutes, Talley announced she was done with answering questions. But not before making it known what she doesn't want in her upcoming birthday cake.

"I don't want no chocolate," she said.

"She doesn't want any chocolate, just vanilla," Holloway said. 

"No butter," Talley said.

"No butter in it either," Holloway repeated.

"Just grease," Talley said.

Pastor Dana Darby says the woman is an inspiration.

"Her wisdom, she tells people all the time to treat people the way you would want them to treat you," Darby said. "And she says all the blessings come from the Lord."

Talley turns 116 on May 23 with the celebration May 24 at her church, New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Inkster.

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