Virginia Jefferson

  • Full name: Virginia Adair Jefferson (née Davis)
  • Lifespan: (14.08.1912 – 04.06.2024)
  • Age: 111 years, 295 days
  • Birthplace: Forest, Bedford County, Virginia, USA
  • Last residence: Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
  • Application date: 14.08.2022
  • Validation date: 03.07.2023
  • Validation source: Waclaw Jan Kroczek/Oliver Trim


Virginia Jefferson, born as Virginia Adair Davis in Forest, Bedford County, Virginia, USA on 14 August 1912, was a living testament to a life rooted in hard work, resilience, and faith. Her childhood was spent on a farm alongside her eight siblings – four brothers and four sisters – surrounded by the daily tasks of tending to cows, chickens, horses, pigs, and a flourishing garden.

Even at the tender age of nine, Virginia recalls the responsibility of milking a cow, embodying the work ethic that would become a hallmark of her character. Her days were filled with any task that contributed to the well-being of the farm.

In April 1938, Virginia entered a new chapter of her life with her marriage to Malcolm Jefferson. Their journey together spanned seven fruitful decades until Malcolm’s passing in May 2008.

When asked about the secret to her longevity, she humbly attributes it to her hard-working demeanor and her unwavering faith in God. Her life story is a vivid mosaic of resilience, dedication, and the profound impact of a strong work ethic.

On 24 February 2023, following the death of 111-year-old Josephine Jones, she became the oldest living person in the U.S. state of Virginia.

Virginia Jefferson died in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA on 4 June 2024 at the age of 111 years, 295 days.

Longevity recognition

  • Oldest living person in Virginia (24.02.2023 – 04.06.2024)


Her age was verified by Wacław Jan Kroczek and Oliver Trim, and validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) on 3 July 2023.

Virginia Jefferson on her 109th birthday in 2021

Virginia Jefferson on her 107th birthday in 2019

Virignia Jefferson at the age of 109

Virginia Jefferson on her 110th birthday in 2022

Virginia Jefferson (Undated photo)

Photo courtesy of The News & Advance, and WSET

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