SC conservationist Anne Springs Close dies

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Anne Springs Close sits over Steele Creek on a suspended bridge at her Anne Springs Close Greenway just north of Fort Mill, S.C., off of U.S. Route 21 bypass on April 20, 1995. Close who used her family’s textile fortune to give back to the community through education and land preservation has died at age 95. Close’s family says she died Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, from injuries suffered when a tree branch fell on her at her property in Fort Mill, S.C., a few days earlier. (Layne Bailey/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — Anne Springs Close, who used her family’s textile fortune to give back to the community through education and land preservation, has died. She was 95.

Close’s family says she died Friday from injuries suffered when a tree branch fell on her at her property in Fort Mill, South Carolina, a few days earlier. Close ended up as the sole heir of the Springs textile empire, which stretched across the Southeast decades ago when textiles were one of the region’s main industry.

She set aside land for the Anne Springs Close Greenway in the 1980s as suburban sprawl approached.

Close also gave money and time to numerous education and family projects.

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