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Richard Overton
Richard Overton
Birth: 11 May 1906
Bastrop, Texas, USA
Death: 27 December 2018
Austin, Texas, USA
Age: 112 years, 230 days
Country: United StatesUSA

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. He is the oldest validated man ever from the U.S. state of Texas.


Early Life

Richard Arvin Overton was born on 11 May 1906 in Bastrop, Texas, USA as the son of Jim Gentry and Elizabeth Franklin Overton. 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. After leaving the military, Overton worked at furniture stores in the Austin, TX area before working for the Texas Department of the Treasury in Austin.

Later Life

Overton, who lived in Austin, Texas, received nationwide attention following the 2013 Memorial Day weekend. In May 2017, just over a week after his 111th birthday, he was hospitalised with pneumonia. 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.

Overton died in Austin, Texas, USA, on 27 December 2018 at the age of 112 years, 230 days. He had been hospitalised with pneumonia earlier that month.


Overton became the oldest known veteran in the United States 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. He became the oldest known living man in the United States following the death of Clarence Matthews on 22 July 2017. Following his death, 111 year-old Henry Tseng became the oldest man in the United States.



United States' Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

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