Mr. Overton is Austin’s and America’s oldest living veteran at 111 years old. He may be America’s oldest living male.
This gathering was facilitated by Mr. Overton’s cousin, Rev. Carl J. Jarmon, USN (Ret) visiting from California, Nell Peterson and Mr.
Overton’s nephew, Martin Overton (not shown), both from Austin.
After we mingled a tad and spoke to him, he was so pleasant and still has a sharp memory.
He also has a good sense of humor and is so proud to have served in WWII and traveling all over the world.
Someone asked him what is his secret to a long life to which he replied, “I smoke 10 cigars a day.”
When he met President Obama four years ago, it was said the president asked him what was the secret to his longevity.
Mr. Overton responded, “I smoke 10 cigars a day and drink whiskey.” Today his nephew says he mostly smoke cigars.
Mr. Overton is celebrateing his 112th birthday today May 11, 2018.
It was explained that Mr. Overton was a little cranky this morning but at 111 years old, he can if he wants to be.
However, we found him to be affectionate and charming.
He was wondering who all these people were in his house and his nephew explained that we wanted to visit with him; he said “Ok.”
Wesley Veterans Committee with spouses and guest.
Ed Kearney presented a prayer shawl donated by Wesley’s Prayer Shawl Ministry. Mr. Overton said it was soft and that he liked it.
We saluted him and yes, he returned a grand salute to us.
What an honor and joy it was for us to meet with him.
He is an inspiration to all.
Wesley’ Veterans Committee with Mr. Richard Overton
L-R: Rev. Carl Jarmon, Otis McCullough, Nell Peterson, Charles Murphy, Dr. Charles Christopher, Grady Elliott and Edward Kearney.
(Not shown, Dawn Tisdale and Bonnie Gregory).
We also presented him an envelope. He looked inside and saw a $100 bill to which he quipped, “Do you have any more?”
Pastor Sylvester Chase meets Mr. Overton him for the first time.
Pastor Chase then led us in prayer.
Continuing the prayer by Rev. Carl Jarmon.
Tara McGarity, Rev. Carl Jarmon and Nell Peterson
I asked if I could have a parting shot with him and he readily obliged.