A TRIP THROUGH THE PAST
Crowder Sign Company was established in 1952 by my father Wallace L. Crowder while still in high school. He has been joined at different times by three of his brothers, his wife Joyce and both sons. Jerry Crowder tried his hand at sign painting and exhibited a talent for the craft but was pulled away by his passion for photography. He founded and operated a very successful movie company called PS-A until his death.
Freddie (Buddy) Crowder also entered the trade and paid his way through college painting signs with a lettering kit strapped to the back of his bicycle. He even paid his way through graduate school and seminary with this rig. After graduating he purchased controlling interest in our billboard division and Crowder Sign Company was joined by a sister company named Crowder Outdoor Advertising. Uncle Buddy continued to run this company very successfully until his death. He also worked full time as a church planter for the Southern Baptist Association and used much of the profits from his billboard company to start several churches that survive to this day.
In the early 1980's my brother and I joined our father full time in the sign business and moved our shop to Gainesville, Georgia. In 1999 I purchased controlling interest in the sign shop. Stephen moved on to start a successful land and home development company and Dad built him a little sign shop out on the farm. He has retained the name Crowder Sign Company but you probably don't have enough money to buy a sign from him. About all he does is make free signs for churches in need and fulfills his hobby of building bird houses.
I reorganized the shop under the umbrella of Crowder Industries, Incorporated and am doing day to day business using the name Crowder Signs. In the late 1990's one of my other uncle's, Billy Crowder, reactivated Crowder Outdoor Advertising and is still operating it to this day. So at present we have three Crowder's operating shops at varying degrees of activity.
SOME OF OUR SIGNS FROM THE 1950'S
WE EVEN REMEMBER THE 1960'S
WE WERE TOO BUSY MAKING SIGNS TO ROCK AND ROLL
THE 1970'S? WE WERE PAINTING SIGNS
A MEMORABLE JOB FROM THE 1980'S
SIGN GALLERIES AND MORE
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