A bitter end for 2018, but an end 112 years in the making. America’s oldest man and cigar smoker has died.

Overton was born near Bastrop in 1906 and served in the army for three years during World War II. He spent the majority of his life in Austin and was often seen on the porch of his home, which he built in East Austin in 1945.

He gave credit to God for his longevity, but he always said cigars and whiskey helped.

“I been smoking cigars from when I was 18 years old, I’m still a smoking ‘em. 12 a day,” he said.

Another life cut short by evil tobacco…

He liked guns too.


I see the double fire selector, there.

A wonderful life.