On August 21, 2017, Petty Officer Second Class, Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., USN, died while serving his country aboard the USS John S. McCain. The ship was en route Changi, Singapore when it struck merchant ship near the Straits of Malacca.
Born October 31, 1993 in Baltimore City, Maryland to Timothy Thomas Eckels and Rachel (Pinkston) Eckels. Loving brother to Shamir Pinkston of Virginia, Laura Eckels, of Washington, D.C., Gabriel, Gavin, and Genevieve Eckels, of North Carolina. Grandson of Jane and Gene Voight, and Irvin and Shirley Pinkston. He will be missed by his stepmother Sonnie Plakotaris-Eckels, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and his niece Olivia. Predeceased by his paternal grandfather William Eckels, and his aunt Lynn Eckels.
Visitation was held on October 9, 2017 at the Calvary United Methodist Church 403 S. Main Street, Mt. Airy MD, 21771 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and on October 10, 2017 at Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, with the Funeral Service beginning at 11:00 am. Burial took place at Arlington National Cemetery at 3:00 pm.
* Prior to serving in USS John S. McCain, IT2 Eckels served at Navy Information Operations Command, Maryland, currently known as Cryptologic Warfare Group-SIX
A total of 10 Sailors were killed:
ET1 Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Amazonia, Missouri
IC1 Abraham Lopez, 39, from El Paso, Texas
ET2 Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Gaithersburg, Maryland
ET2 Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Cable, Ohio
IT2 Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Manchester, Maryland
IT2 Corey George Ingram, 28, from Poughkeepsie, New York
ET3 Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Suffield, Connecticut
ET3 John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Killeen, Texas
IC3 Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Decatur, Illinois
ET3 Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey