Richard Overton, the Oldest Living Veteran, Passes at 112

By Faye Higbee

Richard Overton, the oldest living WWII veteran who loved whiskey, cigars, and guns, has passed away at the age of 112.  He was a unique man, and he will most definitely be missed.

Richard Arvine Overton served in the US Army in the Pacific theater. Born in 1906, he owed his longevity to “staying out of trouble.” We reported previously that he was drafted into the US Army in 1940. He served through World War II in the South Pacific, including Iwo Jima, Palau, Guam, and Hawaii. He served in the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion (colored).

Cpl Richard Overton

One interviewer from 2014 said, “Kids do not play on his lawn.” The photo that went with the comment was of Overton holding a weapon…let’s just say it probably made anti-gunners have a coronary.

What did he want for his birthday? He said he wanted “another happy day.” He was a simple man, and in recent years had to cut back on the 12 “Tampa Sweet” cigars a day that he was smoking in 2015. But even at 112, he still refused to let his age get him down. He flew to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. in a private jet.

He required 24 hour care in these last few months. Some scumbag stole his identity back in June and emptied his bank accounts. Fortunately, the bank replenished the stolen funds as the investigation continued. It was NOT hooked to his 24 hour care GoFundMe.

Richard’s cousin Volma was the caretaker of Overton’s GoFundMe account set up to pay for the in-home care. He posted this heartfelt word when Richard passed:

“Hello to all I am deeply saddened today at the loss of my cousin Richard Overton. I don’t know what to say but I will try to share what is on my heart at this time. I have teared up at some times and then I have laughed a lot as I try to cary [sic] on in dealing with the loss of Richard. He had a way about himself of making anyone around him feel special. Richard made his family proud, his community proud, his city proud, his state proud, his nation proud and the world proud of this soldier. Richard’s family is so thankful for all that has been done for him, for all the kind words that have been said about him, for the wonderful love that has been given to him by so many from around the world. You all have been a blessing to Richard and to his family.” Volma Overton, Jr.

Richard Overton was a blessing to everyone down here on earth. There was joy in heaven the day he arrived. Rest in Peace, Sir.