Rest in Peace, Randy Parton, Younger Brother of Dolly Parton: 1953-2021

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On Thursday, Dolly Parton issued a lengthy statement regarding the passing of her brother, Randy Parton, who died at age 67 after a battle with cancer.

In a message shared on Dolly’s social media channels and website, she remembered her brother fondly:

My brother Randy has lost his battle with cancer. The family and I are grieving his loss but we know he is in a better place than we are at this time. We are a family of faith and we believe that he is safe with God and that he is joined by members of the family that have gone on before and have welcomed him with joy and open arms.

Randy was a great singer, writer, and entertainer. He sang, played guitar and bass in my band for many years. He headed his own show at Dollywood since it opened in 1986. He’s had several chart records of his own, but his duet with me on “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You” will always be a highlight in my own career.

“You Are My Christmas,” our duet on my latest Christmas album, joined with his daughter Heidi, will always be a favorite. It was his last musical recording and he shined on it just like he’s shining in heaven now.

He is survived by his wife Deb, his daughter Heidi, son Sabyn, grandsons Huston and Trent.

We will always love him and he will always be in our hearts,

Dolly Parton and Family

Those wishing to pay tribute to Randy can make a donation to the Imagination Library in honor of his dad, Robert Lee Parton.

Throughout their lives in music, Randy and Dolly collaborated frequently; in 1984, he contributed to the soundtrack of the film Rhinestone, starring Dolly (and Sylvester Stallone):

Randy Parton also contributed to A Holly Dolly Christmas, the holiday record released by Dolly this past fall. Their collaboration on “You Are My Christmas” also featured Randy’s daughter, Heidi (as mentioned in Dolly’s remembrance message).

Rest in peace, Randy Parton.


  • Randy Morrison says:

    A Happy New Year’s Greeting To All of You @Rock Cellar Magazine. Thank you for this update and farewell to Randy Parton. As someone who shares the same nickname I wanted to enter this reply to Randy’s passing with hope that my reply will reach “our beloved” Dolly Parton. I chose these words from the great William Shakespeare to try and convey our {the Parton Fans} heartfelt sympathy at this time of loss in the Parton Family:
    “Alas, poor world what treasure hast thou lost! What face remains alive that’s worth the viewing? Whose tongue is music now? What canst thou boast of things long since, or anything ensuing? The flowers are sweet, their colors fresh and trim; But true sweet beauty lived and died with him.” {From Shakespeare’s ‘Venus and Adonis’} Thank you for posting this and I hope it is far reaching. R.I.P. Randy Parton and LOVE and HUGS to Dolly Parton and Family… Sincerely, Randy Morrison {A Lifelong Fan in Richmond, VA}

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