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Services Held for Springs Exec Rick Canter

Funeral services were held Dec. 7 in Lancaster, S.C., for industry veteran Rick Canter, who passed away Dec. 4 at age 57. A memorial service is to be held at the Summerall Chapel of the Citadel at a later date.

Canter started his career at Springs working summers at the Lancaster Plant. Following his graduation from the Citadel in 1972, where he earned a BA in History, he began his professional career at Springs in 1974 in the management training program. He quickly rose through a variety of positions including sales rep in the Atlanta office.

Canter then joined Pillowtex in 1981, where he ultimately became svp, sales. He moved to Louisville Bedding as national merchandise manager. In 1995 he joined American Fiber Industries (AFI), where he held a number of increasingly responsible executive roles in the sales and marketing areas.

Canter returned to Springs with the acquisition of AFI in 1999, which he joined as svp of sales.

Canter is survived by his wife Deborah E. Canter; two sons, Richard Allen Canter Jr. and Kyle Canter; his mother, Irma Horton and her husband Pierce Horton of Lancaster; a sister, Rebecca Cauthen and her husband Billy of Lancaster; and a special niece and nephew, Lindsay Plyler of Lancaster and Scott Plyler of Murrells Inlet.

Memorials may be made to: Class of '72 Scholarship Fund c/o Citadel Foundation 171 Moultrie Street Charleston, SC 29409

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