Kathleen Bruton, Record Town Founder Passes Away at 97
Kathleen Bruton passed away peacefully October 3, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Kathleen was born in Granbury, Texas to Turner and Allie Gunn. She graduated from Weatherford College. On February 1, 1944, she married Sumter Bruton, Jr. and were blessed with two sons, Sumter III and Stephen. The family relocated to Bruton's home state of New Jersey for his job at DuPont.
They moved back to Fort Worth in the early 1950's so Sumter III could attend Texas Christian University (TCU). In 1957, Kathleen and Sumter Jr. opened Record Town in Fort Worth. Their music knowledge and love for their customers created a place for music lovers from all over the world to meet and share their common bond of music. Record Town became an inspiration for musicians as well as music lovers. After Sumter Jr. passed away in 1988, Kathleen and Sumter III worked together to run Record Town. Kathleen continued to work at the store until the young age of 90.
Music played a key role in Kathleen’s life both in business and at home. Sumter Jr. was an accomplished jazz drummer and her sons became talented guitarists and performers. Kathleen and her family's knowledge and love for music continue to impact and inspire patrons as Record Town honors the Bruton family legacy.
Kathleen's life centered around her strong, compassionate love of family, interest in music, and many friendships. Her loving devotion was an integral part of the success of Record Town. Kathleen fostered a place for people to develop their music interest in many ways. On a personal level, she loved to read and stay informed of current and political events. Her religious beliefs were deeply rooted, and she was faithful to her church. Kathleen Bruton will be missed and fondly remembered by many.