At age 111, America’s oldest veteran is still smoking cigars, drinking whiskey and loving life

Richard Overton is right where he wants to be.

He’s sitting in a lawn chair on the front porch of the Austin home he built nearly 70 years ago, working on his fifth Tampa Sweet cigar on a 91-degree sunny day. The smooth tunes of the Isley Brothers flow from a portable speaker. Birds are chirping in the late afternoon breeze.

“I’m feeling pretty good today,” Overton says, emphasizing the word pretty, because any day spent on this porch smoking cigars is a pretty good day for the 111-year-old.

This is where you’ll find the nation’s oldest veteran for 10 hours every day when the weather is nice. His friends call it his “stage.” It’s where Overton sits and thinks about life, his starting in 1906, the same year as the first wireless radio broadcast and a year before the paper towel was invented.

<p>Richard Overton, 111, smokes a cigar on his Austin front porch among signs from his recent birthday celebration. Overton is the oldest living U.S. war veteran. &nbsp; (<span style="font-size: 1em; background-color: transparent;">Ashley </span><g class="gr_ gr_9 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="9" data-gr-id="9" style="font-size: 1em; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(142, 144, 145);">Landis</g><span style="font-size: 1em; background-color: transparent;">/Staff Photographer)</span></p>

Richard Overton, 111, smokes a cigar on his Austin front porch among signs from his recent birthday celebration. Overton is the oldest living U.S. war veteran.   (Ashley Landis/Staff Photographer)

On this day, Overton is wearing a red cardigan buttoned over a powder blue polo, with light blue slacks and a black World War II veteran hat. He’s smiling and joking and feeling thankful.

 

The previous week, Overton was wearing a hospital gown. He spent those sunny days stuck in a hospital bed with a 102-degree fever, in a non-smoking room, hooked to an IV as his body tried to fight off its latest bout of pneumonia.

Overton prayed and flirted with nurses. Four days later, he was back where he wanted to be, on his stage with the birds and two packs of cigars.

(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)
Please follow and like us:

Other articles of interest:

Las Vegas Shooter “Privileged White Male Lone Wolf” Last night, the United States experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. At least 58 people are dead and over 500 more wo...
President Duterte Kicks Rothschilds Out Of Philippines President Duterte has vowed to “eradicate all traces of Rothschild financial criminality” from the Philippines, announcing that he will no longer resp...
Breaking: US Senate moves to limit President Trump’s war powers This is a good step by the Senate to reign Trump in a bit, but ducks the elephant in the living room, which is dealing with the War of Terror that the...
Prepping for disaster? 8 basic tips to save your homestead (Natural News) In times of natural disasters, avoid struggling and panicking on how to save your animals by being prepared. Here are eight basic t...
WATCH: The Anti-Migrant Video Going Viral Across Europe UPDATE 13/11/15: After gaining a million and a half views in less than five days, the Open Gates video was taken down by YouTube following a copyright...

148total visits,2visits today