Sue Lee Sanders

  • Full name: Sue Lee Sanders (née Keown)
  • Lifespan: 09.01.1902 – 15.01.2013
  • Age: 111 years, 6 days
  • Birthplace: Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, USA
  • Last residence: Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
  • Application date: 10.01.2012
  • Validation date: 19.02.2016
  • Validation source: Mark Muir/et al.


Sue Lee Sanders, born as Sue Lee Keown on January 9, 1902, in Athens, Georgia, USA, led a fascinating life that spanned over a century. The daughter of William Walter and Sue Keown, she graduated from Georgia State Teachers College in 1921. In her journey through life, she married Harvey G. Sanders before 1940, and the couple welcomed at least two children, Anne and Harvey Jr.

Sue dedicated herself to education, serving as a teacher in various locations, including Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Throughout her long life, she experienced the joys and sorrows of family, with her father passing away in 1947, her mother in 1964 at the age of 96, and her husband, Harvey, in 1980 at the age of 83. Their union endured for at least 40 years.

Remarkably, Sue Lee Sanders had the unique privilege of witnessing Halley’s Comet on two separate occasions, in 1910 and 1986. Her extraordinary longevity became a subject of verification by Mark Muir and others, with posthumous validation by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) on February 19, 2016.

Sue Lee Sanders concluded her remarkable journey in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA, peacefully passing away on January 15, 2013, having lived to the remarkable age of 111 years and 6 days. Her life is remembered as a testament to the passage of time and the richness of experiences accumulated over more than a century.

Longevity Recognition

  • Oldest living person in South Carolina


The case of Sue Lee Sanders was meticulously examined and verified by Mr. Mark Muir, GRG Correspondent for the USA, et al. and validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) as of February 19, 2016.

Sue Lee Sanders at age 110.

Sue Lee Sanders; undated

Sue Lee Sanders; undated

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