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Charlotte man dies after fall from horse in Fort Mill

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com

A Charlotte man who “was a cowboy at heart” died days after falling from a horse at the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill on Saturday.

Ted Johnson, 68, was taken by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he remained in critical condition until he died Monday night, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said.

There is no official cause of death, she said, but he suffered injuries after falling from the horse Saturday.

Johnson, the owner of TAJ Chemicals in Charlotte, “was also a cowboy at heart and truly enjoyed the peaceful pastures while riding his horses,” according to his obituary. He also had a 26-year career in sales in the textile industry.

Johnson and two friends were riding horses Saturday at the time of the fall, said Denise Cubbedge, the greenway's director of development. Staff members were working at the time, but Johnson and his friends were on a "personal ride."

Equestrians “of all levels of experience” are able to bring their own horses for self-guided rides, according to the greenway’s website.

The greenway, which sits on a 2,100-acre nature preserve off U.S. 21, is a nonprofit park owned and managed by Leroy Springs & Co. It provides activities including from boating, hiking, nature walks and horseback riding.

Johnson often rode his horses at the greenway, Cubbedge said.

"He was a friend" who boarded his horse at the greenway, she said. "He was very familiar with the greenway" and close with staff members who worked at the horse barn.

The greenway allows horse owners to keep their horses in a barn on the property.

Johnson's celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Charlotte.

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