Ted Stone, 72; Preached During U.S. Walking Tours

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Ted Stone, 72, a North Carolina minister who turned his former drug addiction into a mission of preaching the Gospel through walking tours across the country, died Sunday at a Nashville hospital of cardiovascular disease.

A native of Durham, N.C., Stone was addicted to drugs and alcohol as a young adult and spent four years in prison after shooting and wounding a man while committing a convenience store robbery.

After being released, he pledged to hand-deliver a message of hope to those recovering from addictions. In 1996, he walked from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, preaching along the way. He followed that with a 1998 trip from San Francisco to Virginia Beach, Va., and one in 2000 from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, to Detroit.

Through his Ted Stone Ministries, based in North Carolina, he created the HIS Way ministry as an effort to help recovering substance abusers.