The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott has named the deceased Richard Overton has an American Icon and Texas Legend.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Governor disclosed that he is honoured to have known him adding that Richard Overton has touched the lives of many people
“With his quick wit and kind spirit he touched the lives of so many, and I am deeply honored to have known him,”
“Richard Overton made us proud to be Texans and proud to be Americans,” the governor added. “We can never repay Richard Overton for his service to our nation and for his lasting impact on the Lone Star State.”
Recounting on Overton’s life, a family member said;
“He was there at Pearl Harbor when the battleships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he only got out of there by the grace of God,’”
Richard Overton was in his 30s when he volunteered for the Army and was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attack in 1941. He once said that one secret to his long life was smoking cigars and drinking whiskey, which he often was found doing on the porch of his Austin home.
His recent birthdays drew national attention and strangers would stop by his house to meet him. Even well into his 100s, he would drive widows in his neighborhood to church.