Richard Overton
Richard Overton
Birth: 11 May 1906
Bastrop, Texas, USA
Death: 27 December 2018
Austin, Texas, USA
Age: 112 years, 230 days
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Richard Arvin Overton (11 May 1906 – 27 December 2018) was an American supercentenarian whose age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group. At the time of his death, he was the oldest known living man in the United States and the oldest American World War II veteran.


Richard Arvin Overton was born in Bastrop, Texas, USA as the son of Jim Gentry and Elizabeth Franklin Overton, on 11 May 1906. He married twice but never had any children. He enlisted in the military on 3 September 1942 and served in the South Pacific until 1945, having advanced to the rank of Sergeant at the time of leaving. After leaving the military, Overton worked at furniture stores in the Austin, Texas area before working for the Texas Department of the Treasury in Austin.

Overton, who lived in Austin, Texas, received nationwide attention following the 2013 Memorial Day weekend. He became the oldest known veteran in the U.S. following the death of Frank Levingston on 3 May 2016 and the oldest living person in Texas following the death of Ellen Boenig on 16 April 2017.

Overton celebrated his 111th birthday on 11 May 2017. Just over a week later, he was hospitalised with pneumonia. He became the oldest known man in the United States following the death of Clarence Matthews on 22 July 2017.

In June 2018, Overton's family discovered he had been the victim of identity theft, after thieves had used his bank account to purchase savings bonds with Treasury Direct.

Following the death of American George Feldman on 2 December 2018, Overton became the last surviving man born in 1906. In December 2018, he was hospitalized for pneumonia.

Richard Overton died in Austin, Texas, USA, on 27 December 2018 at the age of 112 years, 230 days.


United States' Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Alphaeus Philemon Cole • Alton Gilbert • James Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • John Painter • John McMorran • Fred Hale • Earl Brush • Moses Hardy • Thomas Nelson • Antonio Pierro • George Francis • Walter Breuning • Shelby Harris • Salustiano Sanchez • Alexander Imich • Conrad Johnson • Wash Wesley • Felix Simoneaux • Frank Levingston • Clarence Matthews • Richard Overton • Henry Tseng • C. P. Crawford