Dolly Parton Pays Tribute to Brother Floyd: 'He Lived a Short Life of Love and Beautiful Songs'

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Dolly Parton and Floyd Parton at Bearsville Studios on Jan. 15, 1981 in North Hollywood, Calif.

Dolly Parton paid touching tribute to her late brother songwriter Floyd Estel Parton, on Tuesday (Dec. 11), in a note describing the moving family memorial. "Dolly, and the entire Parton Family, wish to thank everyone for their kindness," the singer wrote on Twitter. "Yesterday, we laid our sweet baby brother to rest." 

Floyd Parton died on Dec. 6 at age 61. The songwriter best known for two 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, was born on June 1, 1957. He was one of 12 children born to Robert Lee Parton Jr. and Avie Lee Caroline and is survived by Willadeene (78), David (76), Coy Denver (75), Dolly (72), Bobby (70), Stella (69), Cassie (67), Randy (64) and Rachel (59), as well as several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Dolly wrote that the entire family paid tribute by singing his "lovely song" "Rockin' Years" together at the family service to say goodbye to their brother. "He lived a short life of love and beautiful songs," she wrote. At press time a spokesperson for the singer could not be reached for comment on the cause of death.

The family has asked fans to make a donation in Floyd's honor to the My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tennessee.