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Dolly Parton’s Brother And Longtime Songwriting Partner Floyd Parton Has Died At Age 61

This is sad news. He will be missed.

Dolly Parton’s brother Floyd Parton has died at the age of 61. He passed away on Dec. 6. A cause of death has not yet been reported, but he was hospitalized in critical condition last month. Like his famous sister, he had a love and talent for music and worked as a songwriter and composer.

The two frequently collaborated and wrote many songs together. According to his obituary, two of his most famous songs were “Rockin’ Years,” which was recorded by Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton, and “Nickels and Dimes,” which was recorded by his sister and later by George Burns.

Outside of his lengthy career as a musician and composer, Parton had a slew of other interests. The obituary describes him as “an avid outdoorsman” who “had an abundant knowledge of nature as well as being an incredible cook.”

It also notes that in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to My People Senior Activity Center, 1220 W. Main Street, Sevierville, TN 37862. A private service has been held.

On Dec. 6, the day of his death, his sister Stella Parton tweeted out a photo of herself with her brother:

“‘And Jesus said to him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee,” she wrote. “Have a beautiful day on this bright and brisk Thursday. I am spending the day with my beautiful brother Floyd.'”

Dolly also posted a statement on behalf of all of her family members on Twitter, as seen below.

There were 12 siblings in the Parton family, including Larry Parton, who passed away just four days after his birth in 1955, and many of them have pursued careers in show business.

In 2017, Dolly posted a group photo of her with her brothers and sisters on Instagram in honor of National Sibling Day:

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Happy #NationalSiblingsDay!

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The singer has always been close with her family and even helped raise some of her younger siblings.

“I grew up in a big old family with eight kids younger than me and several of my brothers and sisters came to live with me early on in my life,” she told People in 2014. “I’ve loved their kids just like they’re my grandkids, and now I’ve got great-grand-kids!”

We’re sending our deepest condolences to the entire Parton family during this difficult time.