is 112 years old and is the oldest living United States veteran. He is a veteran of World War II and currently lives in his home in Austin, Texas.
Richard has out lived all of his closest relatives and is in need of 24/7 home care. We are asking for donations to keep him living in his home instead of a nursing home.
In 2013, Richard met President Obama at the White House for breakfast before accompanying the president to the to Arlington National Cemetery for a Veterans Day ceremony, where he was honored.
In 2015, Austin filmakers Rocky Conly and Matt Cooper made a short film about Richard Overton.
Richard Overton and Ben Crenshaw, two internationally known Austinites coming together to show their love for Lions Golf Course and their wish to have Lions saved from development. Lions Golf Course is on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2015, Richard Overton was featured in Cigar Aficionado magazine as America's Oldest Cigar Smoker. He says the secret to long life is "Cigars and God". He is also known to enjoy his whiskey still.
Richard Overton enjoying cigars with two of his cousins, Sarah Overton
and Adrienne Overton
, on his front porch in August 2015.
Richard Overton being greeted by General Martin at the 2016 Army All American Alamo Bowl in San Antonio along with 2 Tuskegee Airman.
Richard Overton at 109 years old represented The Greatest Generation at the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, held in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Overton was asked to start the game off by delivering the game ball. (Photo taken by: Honor Flight Austin)
Ken Pridgeon runs the Portrait of a Warrior Memorial Art Gallery in Baytown, Texas. He’s best known for painting more than 300 portraits of fallen soldiers. On Richard's 110th birthday he presented this portrait to him.
Richard and Volma Overton, Jr. at his home on Veterans Day 2016.
On behalf of the Overton family, we greatly appreciate any donations to help Richard stay in his home and receive in-home care.