Dolly Parton paid tribute to her younger brother by singing a song during a private memorial service in Tennessee on Monday (December 9th). Floyd Estel Parton died on Thursday (December 6th) at the age of 61 due to unknown causes. Floyd often wrote with his famous sister, teaming up on many chart-topping hits, including the 1991 duet “Rockin’ Years” with Ricky Van Shelton and 1978’s “Nickels and Dimes” from Dolly's Heartbreaker album.
Dolly shared a statement from the entire Parton family yesterday (Tuesday, December 11th) on social media which read, “Dolly, and the entire Parton Family, wish to thank everyone for their kindness. Yesterday, we laid our sweet baby brother to rest. We all sang his lovely song, ‘Rockin’ Years,’ together as a family at the service to say goodbye to him. He lived a short life of love and beautiful songs.”
The family has requested donations to the My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tennessee in Floyd's name.