? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RICHARD OVERTON! ? How hanging out on his front porch, smoking cigars and greeting passers-by make life sweet for this neighborhood king: https://t.co/r0lLXuZqZy pic.twitter.com/cRFpMLgjl2
— Austin Statesman (@statesman) May 11, 2018
He’s met celebrities, presidents and comedians. He’s experienced war and peace. He’s accumulated countless accolades.
But for America’s oldest living World War II veteran Richard Overton, there’s nothing better than hanging out on his front porch, smoking cigars and greeting passers-by who treat him, rightly so, like the neighborhood king.
“I love to have a birthday,” Overton said Thursday from his porch. “That’s another day. I hope I live another five years.”
Overton is believed to be the oldest living American and the third-oldest person in the world.The super-centenarian has no plans of slowing down. Since his last birthday, he’s kept busy. “I’m enjoying myself,” he said.