Randy Parton: What Happened To Dolly Parton’s Brother?

Randy Parton

Randy Parton was an American country music singer-songwriter, actor, and businessman. He is the brother of American singer-songwriter, actress, philanthropist, and businesswoman, Dolly Rebecca Parton, American country singer and songwriter Stella Mae Parton, and American retired singer and actress Rachel Dennison.

Randy Parton: Bio Summary

NameRandy Parton
Date of birth December 15, 1953
Died January 21, 2021 (aged 67)
Famous asSinger-songwriter, brother of Dolly Parton
Birthplace Sevierville, Tennessee, U.S.
Spouse Deb Parton
Children Heidi Lou
Parents Robert Lee Parton and Avie Lee Owens
Siblings Stella, Willadeene, Dolly, Freida, Rachel, Robert Jr., Floyd, Larry, Coy, Cassie, and David

Who Is Dolly Parton’s Brother, Randel?

Randel Huston Parton was born on December 15, 1953, in Sevierville, Tennessee, U.S. to Avie Lee Caroline (née Owens; 1923–2003) and Robert Lee Parton Sr. (1921–2000). His father was known as “Lee” and he worked in the mountains of East Tennessee, first as a sharecropper and later tending his own small tobacco farm and acreage.

Lee also did construction jobs to supplement the farm’s small income. His mother Avie Lee cared for their large family. She was often sick but she managed to care and entertain her children. Randy Parton is not the only child of his parents. His mother was pregnant 11 times, the tenth being twins. She became the mother of 12 by age 35.

Randel Huston “Randy” Parton is the eighth of twelve children. He has 11 siblings. His siblings are Stella Mae Parton, Willadeene Parton, Dolly Rebecca Parton, Rachel Ann Parton aka Rachel Dennison, Robert Lee Parton Jr., twins Floyd Estel Parton and Freida Estelle Parton, Larry Gerald Parton, Coy Denver Parton, Cassie Nan Parton, and David Wilburn Parton.

Randy Parton’s family was not wealthy. He came from a poor family. He and his family had lived in their rustic, one-bedroom cabin on their small subsistence farm on Locust Ridge for about six or seven years. Randy opted for a career in the entertainment field. He became known as a country music singer-songwriter.

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Randy Parton was the first person to record the song “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)” in 1982, which two years later, the band Alabama recorded it, and became the group’s 12th straight No. 1 single. Randy sang a song for the Rhinestone soundtrack; his sister Dolly starred in the film. He also played bass for his sister.

Randy Parton was also an actor. He was a Guitarist in Dolly Parton: 9 to 5. He was known for Rhinestone (1984), Dolly Parton & Friends (2007), and The Queens of Country (2009). He has appeared as himself in Pop! Goes the Country, Dolly, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Prime Time Country, Bravo Profiles, Trauma: Life in the E.R., E! True Hollywood Story, and Home & Family.

Randy Parton was a businessman. He was also into business. The “Randy Parton Theater” once bore his name in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He signed an over $1.5 million yearly deal to manage and perform in a new theater bearing his name. He couldn’t attract many customers. Questions arose concerning Randy’s use of almost $3 million fund for personal travel and entertainment.

Randy Parton was questioned by city leaders for unauthorized events held at the theater including a wedding reception for his daughter. According to Randy, he didn’t do anything outside the contract. He maintained that all he did were within the contract and the theater would be successful if given time. His contract with the city was terminated on January 8, 2008.

The theater was renamed, from The Randy Parton Theater to The Roanoke-Rapids Theater after just over a year of operation. Randy Parton was married to Deb Parton. They had two children Heidi Lou and Sabyn.

What Happened To Randy Parton?

Randy Parton died of cancer. He was 67 years old at the time he passed away. He died on January 21, 2021, in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, U.S. He is survived by his wife Deb Parton, two children, and two grandchildren. “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,” Dolly Parton wrote on Facebook.

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“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.”

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Ruth Kai Botchway is a Senior Editor at Dicytrends.com. She is a graduate of All Stars Media College (2021) with a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies. With more than two years experience in Journalism, she has served as an intern at Accra FM and worked with Green TV and Ashiaman TV. She worked as a Maritime Journalist/ influencer, producing Port and Maritime agenda initially aired on Ashiaman TV. You can reach her via email: Ruthbotch1912@gmail.com

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