“I been smoking cigars from when I was 18 years old. I’m still a smoking ‘em,” he said. “Twelve a day.”
In 2013, he was honored with a holiday and a street in his name. Hamilton Avenue, the street he lived on, was given the honorary street name Richard Overton Avenue, and his birthday, May 11, was proclaimed “Richard A. Overton Day” by the Austin City Council.
Michael McCaul, U.S. representative for Texas' 10 Congressional District, commented on Overton's death on Twitter.
“Sad to learn of the passing of Richard Overton, whose life peronsified service to our country and local community. I was blessed to know him and will always remember him as the star of the show when we opened the new VA clinic in Austin.”
Lloyd Doggett, the state’s representative for the 35th Congressional District, also sent his thoughts on Twitter.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbot referred to Overton as an American icon and Texas legend.