An idea from Wendy Littrell at All My Branches Genealogy
You know, I hadn’t actually ever stopped to consider this question before now. I know that only one of my parents' siblings is still alive (my father's youngest brother, my Uncle Bill, who is 74); however, it turns out that he is not my oldest living relative. (Of course, this doesn't count distant relatives, and I do have a 3rd cousin once removed that I correspond with who is in his late 80s.) My oldest relative is a cousin who is the daughter of my Dad’s and Uncle Bill’s oldest sister. I have never met this cousin.
I hope to devote several posts to Uncle Bill at some point, because he has lived quite a life and has provided me with a lot of information during our telephone calls. He was also very generous in sharing information with my younger daughter when she interviewed him for a school history project. He even remembers my great-grandmother Lizzie Brinlee and my Grandma Sallie Brinlee’s parents, William Henry “Jack” Norman and Sara Jane Sisson Norman. I remember Uncle Bill from the time I was very small, and he and my father apparently shared a lot of adventures in their youth. He traveled to many parts of the of the Pacific rim when he was in the Navy and saw a lot of the US Southwest when he was working in construction.