In the early 70's, Ted Sexton went out picking with his father who dealt mostly in junk sales. That day, he ran across two old jukeboxes - an old Seeburg V-200 and an old Wurlitzer 2100. Ted saw opportunity in these old jukeboxes. Shortly thereafter, he acquired more machines including a United Shuffle Alley and a Williams Bowler. It became clear that a space to store and work on the amusements was needed in order to begin making money on them. In 1971, Ted gained work managing a bar, Charlie McCall's Place, in Pickens County just off Highway 11 going towards Rosman, NC. This provided him an opportunity to run his amusements and where Sexton's Music Co. was born. Ted ran Charlie McCall's place for two years, during which time he was able to run his amusements in several other establishments. He eventually left the bar and began a small route with the locations he had acquired. At this time, the business was run from the Sexton home. By 1978, Ted's route had grown significantly and he needed a commercially located shop from which to operate Sexton's Music Co. He rented a building off Pumpkintown Highway in Pickens, SC. Sexton's Music Co. continued to grow over the next several years and in 1983 Ted purchased the building, where we continue to operate today.
Shortly after Ted purchased the Pumpkintown Highway location, his brother-in-law Wayne and nephew Tim worked full time for the business. Ted's sons, Chad and Rocky, joined the business full-time after finishing high school in the 90's. The name was eventually changed from Sexton's Music Co. to Sexton's Music and Games. As the 2000's rolled around, Wayne retired and Tim went to work for another local company. Chad ran the bulk of the route while Rocky had a smaller route and worked mainly at the shop responding to customer service calls. When business slowed down for a couple years, Chad went to work for FedEx Ground for a year before gaining work running a route for Lance Crackers in the Upstate. Ted and Rocky ran the company together during this time. Rocky had taken over running the entire route in addition to providing customer service. When business picked up in 2003, Chad returned to the company using his recent experience to improve route collections. In 2005, Rocky moved to Florida and worked for major amusement distributors for five years gaining technical and business experience. He worked for BMI Gaming as Head Service Manager and also as Head Technician at Birmingham Vending's south Florida location, often working on amusements for Royal Caribbean Cruises. His last year in Florida was spent as one of the head technicians for Prime Time Amusements. In 2011, Rocky was ready to take what he had learned back to the family business. Just as Chad came back as a more experienced route collector, Rocky came back as a better technician. Rocky has always had his eyes on Asheville and envisions growing the business in Beer City USA where he now lives. In 2012 Ted's grandson, Colby, joined the team full-time.
Currently, Ted, Chad, Rocky and Colby all help run the business with each having their own responsibilities. Chad oversees most of the routes and service calls for the Upstate. Rocky runs the in house repair and restore shop and takes care of WNC locations. Colby has a small route and also works out of the shop taking service calls throughout the day. Ted works out of the office running all of the business affairs for the company and still retains the final say in his family operation. Sexton's Music and Games is stronger now than ever. We love what we do and it shows!