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Garren, Kris, Butch and Lila Vance operate CS Signs and Bodey’s Custom Shirts. Photo by
Caroline Harris

Originally published: 2013-08-21 23:31:52
Last modified: 2013-08-21 23:31:52

Business Spotlight: CS Signs and Bodey’s Custom Shirts continue legacy

Caroline Harris / (

CS Signs and Bodey’s Custom Shirts celebrated its third anniversary on Aug 1. Butch and Lila Vance and their sons Kris and Garren run this family printing services business.

What began as a hobby for Thad “Bodey” Vance became a full-fledged business when a friend offered to sell him a sign shop.

“He had a press and made shirts for friends at home, on the side. He was good friends with the guy who owned the sign shop,” Lila said. “He offered Thad a deal on the sign shop that he just couldn’t hardly pass up. He decided he wanted to do more shirts so he bought another couple presses and a hat press.”

Soon after the launch, Thad got the worst kind of news.

“That was in the first of August 2010, the first official day here. In September he started getting sick and in October he was diagnosed with cancer. And he passed the next September the 16th, 2011.”

Bodey’s family kept the store going and named the store Bodey’s Custom Shirts in his memory.

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