Dolly's youngest brother, Randy Parton, passed away on Thursday in Sevierville, TN. He was 67 years old.
Dolly often referred to Randy as their Christmas Baby. Randel Huston Parton was born on December 15, 1953. Dolly said,
"We've lost our baby brother, Randy and we are absolutely heartbroken. Fly high baby brother, you will always be my Christmas baby and I will always love you."
Like Dolly and many of the Parton family, Randy was a very talented singer, songwriter and musician. Back in 1980, Randy sang on Dolly's hit song, "Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You)." And just recently he joined her again on a song she wrote specifically about him for her holiday release, A Holly Dolly Christmas. Dolly, Randy and Randy's daughter, Heidi Parton, blended beautiful family harmonies on “You Are My Christmas.”
Of course, there are so many more good things to say about Randy Parton. How much he will be missed by those closest to him. And how his own fans will miss his soulful baritone and enchanting storytelling at Dollywood's My People Show where he performed for many years alongside other members of the Parton family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in honor of Randy and their father Lee Parton be made to the Imagination Library.