Nina Willis was born on January 14, 1909 in Robinson, Georgia (USA) and grew up in the town working as a farmer. She was one of 20 children. Her brother, Bethuel Frazier (1902–2011), lived to be 109. In 1947, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she did domestic work and worked in Kessler's Department Store. She was married to Charles Willis, and the couple did not have any children. She currently lives in a retirement home in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).
As of January 16, 2023 Mrs. Willis is the 10th-oldest validated living person in the World and the 3rd-oldest validated living person in the USA behind Ms. Ceccarelli (114.9) and Ms. Plummer (114.5).
The Atlanta Constitution, 18 January 2009.
On her 107th birthday in 2016.
On her 112th birthday in 2021.
Aged almost 114 on 3 January 2023.
On her 114th birthday in 2023.
On 17 January 2023, following the sad passing of Sister André, Ms. Willis became the 9th-oldest validated living person in the world.