Dolly Parton's Brother Floyd Parton Dead at 61

He wrote the hit "Rockin' Years," which was recorded by his sister and Ricky Van Shelton

By Elyse Dupre Dec 11, 2018 12:47 PMTags
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Dolly Parton's brother, Floyd Estel Parton, has died. 

According to his obituary, published via the Atchley Funeral Home in Tennessee, Floyd passed away on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the age of 61. His cause of death was not revealed.

Described as a true "Renaissance man," Floyd had an array of talents and areas of expertise. Per the obituary, he was an "avid outdoorsman" with an "abundant knowledge of nature," as well as an "incredible cook." He also shared his famous family members' love of music. He wrote the hit "Rockin' Years," which was recorded by his sister Dolly and Ricky Van Shelton. The song was even nominated for Best Country Vocal Collaboration at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards. He also wrote "Nickels and Dimes," which was sung by Dolly and later George Burns.

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On Tuesday, the family released a statement about their loss. "Dolly, and the entire Parton family, wish to thank everyone for their kindness," it read. "Yesterday, we laid our sweet baby brother to rest. We sang his lovely song 'Rocking Years', together as a family at the service to say goodbye to him. He lived a short life of love and beautiful songs."

The note continued, "Friends, fans and family may make a donation in his honor to the My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tennessee."

Floyd is survived by his sisters—Dolly, RachelWilladeeneStellaCassie and Freida—as well as by his brothers DavidCoy DenverBobby and Randy.

His several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews also live on.