Recently, Austin (TX)-local Richard Overton celebrated his 111th birthday. Not only can this Bastrop County man tout that feat, but Overton also enlisted at the proper age. He was part of the African American 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945. Upon doing his duty, Overton went home to Austin.
Many a president, governor and worldwide official has saluted Overton for such top-notch duty, but the Marine’s a down-to-earth guy who loves to simply hang out on his stoop and smoke cigars while sporting a WWII Veteran cap.
Overton throws gratitude to God for providing him such a long life, as he makes it to church regularly. Additionally, he feels other things have contributed to his lifespan too. “I’ve been smoking cigars from when I was 18 years old—I’m still a smoking them (12 a day),” Overton humorously said in a 2014 interview.
Even while he’s hit an incredible age, Overton has jumped some health hurdles in his time. However, his family has supported his effort of standing tall on his own home—70 years and going strong. More, there’s a GoFundMe campaign to push for this man to remain at home. It has already seen many donations, which go toward his in-home medical care. May Mr. Overton live happy and well.