Dolly Parton’s younger brother and songwriter Floyd Parton, dies at 61

Dolly Parton’s younger brother and songwriter Floyd Parton, dies at 61

Dolly Parton’s younger brother Floyd Parton, who wrote hits for the country star, dies at 61

  • Floyd Parton who wrote Rockin’ Years and Nickels and Dimes died on Thursday
  • The country musician followed his sister, 72, into the country music business
  • Like many of his 12 brothers and sisters he was instilled with a love of music
  • He was described as a ‘renassiance man’ and an ‘incredible cook’ 

Dolly Parton’s younger brother Floyd Parton, who wrote hit songs for the country star, has died aged 61.

Floyd died on December 6 according to Aitchley Funeral Home in Tennessee.

His famous hits include Rockin’ Years (1991), performed by his sister Dolly and Ricky van Shelton and Nickels and Dimes (1978), also sung by his sister, 72.

Family affair: Musicians Stella Parton, Freida Parton, Dolly Parton, and Floyd Parton at Bearsville Studios in North Hollywood, California, recording for Freida Parton’s album in 1981


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Stella Parton, Freida Parton, Dolly Parton, Mark Andersen and Floyd Parton pose playfully for a photograph at Bearsville Studios in 1981

Dolly Parton, 72, recorded Rockin’ Years and Nickels and Dimes written by her brother Floyd

His obituary on the funeral company’s site says: ‘A renaissance man, Floyd was a man of many talents and areas of knowledge.

‘He was an avid outdoorsman and had an abundant knowledge of nature as well as being an incredible cook.’

Floyd was born to Robert and Avie Lee Parton along with his 12 brothers and sisters.

He is survived by ten of his siblings, including Dolly.

Most of the Parton children pursued musical careers and were encouraged to do so by their mother.

Dolly’s sister Rachel, 59, told People magazine: ‘Singing was like breathing at home.’

Floyd’s sister Stella – also a hit singer – tweeted on the day of his death: ‘Have a beautiful day on this bright and brisk Thursday. I am spending the day with my beautiful brother Floyd.’ 

The funeral site said that Floyd’s service was held in private.

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