Dolly Parton's brother and songwriting partner Floyd Parton passes away at the age of 61

Dolly Parton's brother Floyd Parton died at the age of 61 on December 6, as stated by the obituary. A private funeral was also held by the family

                            Dolly Parton's brother and songwriting partner Floyd Parton passes away at the age of 61

Dolly Parton's brother, Floyd Estel Parton, has passed away at the age of 61. According to his obituary which was listed on Tennessee’s Atchley Funeral Home website, Floyd passed away on December 6. 

The obituary stated, "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." Like his famous 72-year-old sister Dolly, Floyd too had a talent for music and together, the siblings produced many hits such as the 1991 duet 'Rockin’ Years' with Ricky Van Shelton. They also wrote 1978’s 'Nickels and Dimes' from her album 'Heartbreaker'.


Rachel, the youngest Parton sibling, had previously shared with PEOPLE on how their mother would always encourage and support their musical talents and would make them sing at home and church. The 59-year-old Rachel shared, "Singing was like breathing at home." Floyd is survived by his sisters — Dolly, Rachel, Willadeene, 78, Stella, 69, Cassie, 67, and Freida, 61, and brothers — David, 76, Coy Denver, 75, Bobby, 70, and Randy, 64. 


One sibling Larry passed away only four days after his birth in the year 1955.

The obituary notes that the family held a private funeral for Floyd. He is survived by his siblings and their spouses, as well as several nieces and nephews. Instead of flowers, the Parton family has requested for donations to be made to the Sevierville’s My People Senior Activity Center. 

Very recently, Dolly opened up about her family traditions and holidays with her brothers and sisters. She spoke to Entertainment Weekly earlier this month and shared, "I’m the best! It’s my favorite dish, of all my brothers and sisters — because I cook just like my mom. My mom’s dead now, but everybody else, they put too much butter, too much lard, they won’t do this and that. But I still cook good!"

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"I make the best dumplings ever, ever, ever. I even make little containers of it and give to my brothers and sisters for Christmas. I usually cook a big, big pot, and then I’ll always have some for them to take home and freeze and thaw out and eat when they get to missin' me," she added.