RM3 Ted (Stoney) Collier

This morning, January 4, 2008 at 07:30 our shipmate, RM3 Ted (Stoney) Collier, passed away due to complications from the rare disease of ALS aka Lou Gehrigs disease. He will be buried in Crawford, Alabama, Mon., January 7 at 2:00 p.m.

He served aboard the OKC 1970-73. I personally will miss him as we were close runnin' buddies aboard ship & stayed in touch over the years.

I last talked to him Christmas day. He was in good spirits and seemed to be doing fine, so this news came as quite a shock to us. What a way to start the New Year!!! Hope that this will be the last of the bad news.

Those of us that served with Stoney are deeply affected by his loss. He was one of the finest men I have had the honor of serving with. My wife and I were fortunate enough to see him during the reunion in Texas. He was at the plaque dedication in a wheel chair.

Thanks to shipmate Steve Slobodian, CYN/RMSN 71-73 for letting us know of Stoney's passing.

Additional Information Provided By The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Howard Ted Collier, December 6, 1946 - January 4, 2008 OPELIKA, AL Howard Ted Collier, 61 of Opelika, Alabama passed away on January 4, 2008 at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. Funeral services will be held Monday, 2:00pm EST at Crawford Baptist Church in Crawford, Alabama with the Rev. Steve Williamson and Rev. Fred Woodall officiating.

Interment will follow at Crawford Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home. Pallbearers; Ronnie Knowles, Mac Mosley, John Collier, Mike Weathers, Ned Weathers and Jeff Nix.

Mr. Collier was born on December 6, 1946 in Columbus, Georgia. He is preceded in death by his father Cranford H. Collier. He was a farmer, served in the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam War veteran. He is retired from Alabama State Highway Department and a member of Crawford Baptist Church.

He is survived by his mother, Ann Collier of Opelika, AL.; sister, Patsy Weathers and husband Ned of Smiths Station, AL.; special friend, Kimberly Williamson of Salem, AL.; nephew, Mike Weathers of Phenix City, AL.; niece, Beth Weathers of Phenix City, AL.; great nephew, Andrew Weathers of Phenix City, AL.

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