Overton recently celebrated his 111th birthday with a neighborhood block party. The city also recognized his achievements by giving Hamilton Avenue, the East Austin street where he lives, the honorary name Richard Overton Avenue.
Overton had a fever of 102 degrees and was rushed to St. David’s Medical Center’s emergency room last week. Since then, he’s been on antibiotics and his temperature has normalized, according to his cousin, Volma Overton Jr.
“He’s doing great, but doctors want to keep him one more day to get stronger,” he said Monday. “We appreciate all the prayers and concern, and (Richard) can’t wait to get back on his front porch.”
Since Overton’s birthday May 11, there’s been an estimated $19,000 spike in donations to the GoFundMe page that was set up by his family in 2016 to raise funds for his care. …