The world of country music was rocked by sad news this week.
Fox News has confirmed that songwriter Floyd Parton, the younger brother of country music legend Dolly Parton, died at the age of 61 on Dec. 6.
A private service was held for the family.
Floyd Parton is survived by numerous siblings and their families, including, “Willadeene Parton, David and Kay Parton, Denver and Carolyn Parton, Dolly and Carl Dean, Bobby and Angie Parton, Stella Parton, Cassie and Greg Griffith, Randy and Deb Parton, Floyd’s twin Freida Parton, as well as Rachel and Eric George,” the Tennessean reported.
Parton’s cause of death has not been revealed, although RadarOnline reported on November 21 that “friends” said he was in critical condition and was suffering from a “mystery illness.”
Stella Parton tweeted on December 6: “‘And Jesus said to him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.’ Have a beautiful day on this bright and brisk Thursday. I am spending the day with my beautiful brother Floyd.”
“And Jesus said to him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.”
Have a beautiful day on this bright and brisk Thursday. I am spending the day with my beautiful brother Floyd. pic.twitter.com/TTNlZg54YC
— Stella Parton (@StellaParton) December 6, 2018
A representative for Dolly Parton did not respond to an attempt by Fox News to receive a public comment on the death of her younger brother.
The family requested that fans and friends show their support by making a donation to the My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tennessee, instead of sending flowers.
Singer, song-writer and “renaissance man”
An obituary for Parton posted by the Atchley Funeral Home noted that he was a “renaissance man … 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.”
Those talents included musical composition and songwriting, which he had utilized to great success on his sister’s behalf. Two of Floyd’s most successful songs were “Rockin’ Years” and “Nickels and Dimes,” which were performed by Dolly Parton as well as Ricky Van Shelton and George Burns, respectively.
Numerous messages of condolences and memories were posted to the “Tribute Wall” page of the funeral home’s obituary.
This is sad news for the Parton family and fans of country music. But his memory will live on through the music he wrote over the years, so famously performed by his sister and others.