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Dolly Parton’s Brother and Songwriting Partner Dies at 61

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Dolly Parton’s brother and songwriting partner, Floyd Parton, has died. He was 61 years old at the time of his death.

According to Floyd’s obituary, posted on the Atchley Funeral Home website, Floyd passed away on December 6. A cause of death was not listed.

Floyd co-wrote Parton’s 1991 No. 1 hit, “Rockin’ Years,” which she recorded with Ricky Van Shelton, as well as “Nickels and Dimes,” recorded first by his sister, and later by George Burns. Parton’s sister, Stella, also a singer, shared a heartfelt tribute to her brother on the day of his passing.

In lieu of flowers, Floyd’s family has requested that donations be made to Sevierville’s My People Senior Activity Center, renamed by Parton earlier this year in honor of her late parents, Robert and Avie Lee Parton.

Floyd is survived by sisters Dolly, Rachel, Willadeene, 78, Stella, 69, Cassie, 67, and Freida, 61, as well as brothers David, 76, Coy Denver, 75, Bobby, 70, and Randy, 64.

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