Beginning last Friday, May 24, a stretch of Airport Boulevard is now called the “Richard Overton Memorial Highway.”

The renaming bill was filed by Representative Sheryl Cole and changed the name of Airport Boulevard from I-35 to U.S. 183 in honor of the World War II veteran. 

According to House Bill 1821, markers with the new name will be added, but the name of the road itself will not change. 

Overton died on December 27, at 112 years old. At the time, he was the oldest WWII veteran alive and the oldest living man.