Country songwriter Floyd Estel Parton — youthful brother of icon Dolly Parton — has died at age 61.
Parton's loss of life was confirmed by an obituary posted on the Atchley Funeral Home in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., which famous that Parton died on Dec. 6, calling him a "A renaissance man…a person of many abilities and areas of information. He was an avid outdoorsman and had an plentiful data of nature in addition to being an unbelievable cook dinner. Floyd was a gifted songwriter and composer."
Parton, who was born on June 1, 1957, was one among 12 kids born to Robert Lee Parton Jr. and Avie Lee Caroline. He is survived by Willadeene (78), David (76), Coy Denver (75), Dolly (72), Bobby (70), Stella (69), Cassie (67), Randy (64) and Rachel (59), in addition to a number of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. At press time, Dolly Parton had not commented on her brother's loss of life, and a spokesperson for the singer couldn’t be reached for touch upon the reason for loss of life.
Sister Stella posted a tribute to Floyd on Dec. 6, writing, "'And Jesus mentioned to him, Receive they sight: they religion hath saved thee.' Have a fantastic day on this vivid and brisk Thursday. I’m spending the day with my lovely brother Floyd."
Floyd Parton was finest recognized for 2 songs, the 1991 No. 1 Hot Country Singles and Tracks duet "Rockin' Years," which Dolly recorded with Ricky Van Shelton for her Eagle When She Flies album, and the 1978 hit "Nickels and Dimes" from his sister's Heartbreaker album.
In lieu of flowers, the household has requested that donations be despatched to My People Senior Activity Center, 1220 W. Main Street, Sevierville, TN 37862. A personal service has already been held by the household; on-line condolences might be left right here.
Listen to "Rockin' Years" and "Nickels and Dimes" beneath.