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Ted Stone; drug addict became preacher

NASHVILLE -- Ted Stone, a North Carolina minister who turned his drug addiction into a mission of preaching the G ospels through walking tours across the country, died on his way to a speaking engagement in Tennessee. He was 72.

Mr. Stone fell unconscious in the middle of his fourth cross-country walk. He was riding in a car with his walking partner, Sean Reece, on the way to a Gallatin church and died Sunday at a hospital, said the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Davidson County medical examiner determined Mr. Stone died from cardiovascular disease.

Mr. Stone, of Durham, N.C., had already trekked across the United States three times, preaching and describing his own story of renewed faith. He started his latest trip carrying American and Christian flags in Chicago on June 19 and had planned to end up in Pensacola, Fla.

After overcoming his own addiction to drugs, Mr. Stone began preaching about his renewed faith and how it could help others. Through his Ted Stone Ministries, based in North Carolina, he created ``HIS Way" as an effort to help recovering substance abusers.

At last month's Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, N.C., Mr. Stone told missionary directors that ``broken people" needed to stop being considered ``second-class citizens in the family of God."

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