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Nyleptha Roberts
Nyleptha Roberts
Nyleptha Roberts on her 112th birthday.
Birth: 12 March 1898
White County, Tennessee, USA
Death: 5 May 2010
Sparta, White County, Tennessee, USA
Age: 112 years, 54 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Nyleptha Matilda Roberts (neé Bryant; 12 March 1898 – 5 May 2010) was a validated American supercentenarian.


Nyleptha Bryant was born in White County, Tennessee, USA, on 12 March 1898. She was the oldest daughter of John Douglas Bryant, Sr. (1871–1932) and Molly Victoria Whitaker (1879–1957), and was their second child. They had 12 in all, and lived in Bon Air, Tennessee. Her brother, Hubert Lee Bryant (1917-2016) lived to 98 years.

She was nine years old when she first saw a car, in 1907. During her long life, she lived in Kentucky and Chicago, Ill., worked in a grocery and a clothing store, and managed a laundry service. However, most of her work was as a homemaker for her family. She was married twice, first with Aaron Shell and for the second time with Hubert Roberts. She outlived two of her three children, sons Johnny Shell and Columbus (Leon) Shell. Only her daughter Juanita survived her.

For most of the latter part of her life, see lived by herself in her home in Bon Air until age 107 when she became a resident of Life Care Center of Sparta. She remained active making her well known soap fish handicrafts up until her death.

She was a member of the Bon Air Methodist Church.

Nyleptha Roberts died in Sparta, Tennessee, USA, on 5 May 2010, at the age of 112 years, 54 days.