Dolly Parton’s Brothers and Sisters, Where Are They Now? [2023]

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Dolly Parton appears with her sister Stella Parton at an event for "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" in 2015 (photo by Kathy Hutchins/shutterstock.com)

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Dolly Rebecca Parton is arguably one of the most famous people of our time.

The singer-songwriter has penned more than 3,000 songs, owns her own namesake theme park that rivals even the likes of Walt Disney and became one of the world’s most-loved celebrities.

She is so famous today that it is difficult to imagine her humble beginnings, growing up with a big family in a tiny cabin in Sevierville, Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains.

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How many siblings does Dolly Parton have?

Dolly is the fourth of twelve siblings. Her parents are Robert and Avie Lee Parton. Thanks to the big family, Dolly has many nieces and nephews.

Whenever Dolly’s siblings are brought up, the song “Old Black Kettle” comes to my mind.

My mama and daddy must have loved each other
Cause I had eleven sisters and brothers

– Old Black Kettle

Does Dolly Parton have twin siblings?

Dolly’s brother and sister, Floyd and Freida, are twins. They were born on June 1, 1957.

When I searched this on the Internet to confirm, some sources said that Freida and Rachel are the twins in the family, however, Rachel was born in 1959.

Who is Dolly Parton’s famous sister?

Many of Dolly’s siblings pursued a career based on their passion for music. Stella Parton is likely the most recognizable name in the Parton family, other than Dolly.

But quite a few of the siblings have been involved in the music business. Perhaps it’s no surprise since they grew up writing music and singing songs in their Tennessee mountain home.

In fact, let’s take a look at all eleven of Dolly Parton’s brothers and sisters and what they are known for today.

1. Willadeene Parton

Willadeene Parton is the oldest of the Dolly Parton siblings, born in 1940.

The eldest Parton sister has made appearances as herself on the TV series “Dolly” in 1977 and “Prime Time Country” in 1996, according to her IMBD page.

But she is best known for being the author in the family. Willadeene wrote books such as “Smoky Mountain Memories: Stories from the Hearts of the Parton Family” and “In the Shadow of a Song: The Story of the Parton Family”.

She also penned a cookbook that includes recipes from her childhood, which includes a foreword by Dolly Parton called “All-Day Singing & Dinner on the Ground”.

She is not in the public eye very much lately, but she was portrayed by Kelli Berglund in NBC’s “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love”.

2. David Parton

David Wilburn Parton is the second oldest Parton sibling, born in 1942.

He stays out of the spotlight, but according to an article in Woman’s World, he has occasionally been spotted escorting Dolly to various events.

He was also shown in a rare photo that Dolly shared for National Sibling Day in 2017.

3. Coy Parton

Coy Denver Parton is the third oldest Parton sibling, born in 1943.

The second oldest brother in the family also stays out of the spotlight.

In fact, it’s quite difficult to find any information about him at all, minus a few click-bait headlines that – spoiler alert – do not contain much insight.

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Dolly Parton makes an appearance at Dollywood (photo by John Gullion/TheSmokies.com)

4. Dolly Parton

As the fourth sibling in the Parton family, Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on Jan. 19, 1946.

Y’all already know about Dolly, but we’re including her in the roundup so you can see where she falls in the sibling order.

She, of course, is a famous singer, songwriter, philanthropist, businesswoman and probably the reason you are reading this article right now.

She married Carl Thomas Dean in 1966.

Read Also: Visit the Dolly Parton statue: Location, history and more

5. Bobby Lee Parton

Born in 1948, Bobby Lee is like his older brothers in that he chooses to live a private life out of the spotlight. He did not pursue show business.

His daughter, Danielle Parton, operates a moonshine distillery in Sevierville called Shine Girl.

According to her company’s website, Danielle is the first female in the Parton family to earn a college degree.

The website says, “Making (moonshine) plays a unique role on both sides of my family … Yes, that Parton family … My dad, Bobby (not Robert), is number five. My mom is Doris Noland Parton and was best friends with my Aunt Stella, number 6, growing up.”

You can visit the distillery at 1610 Jenkins Rd in Sevierville.

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Stella Parton performs at the Cornbury Festival in 2016 on the Songbird Stage in Oxfordshire, UK (photo by DFP Photographic/shutterstock.com)

6. Stella Parton

Stella Mae Parton is more in the public eye than many of the other Parton siblings. Born in 1949, Stella launched her own record label Soul, Country and Blues S.C.A.B Records in 1975. Her debut album “I Want to Hold You (In My Dreams Tonight)” topped the charts.

In her career, she has launched 39 albums and had 32 chart singles, according to her website. She is also an actress and author.

In her inspirational memoir “Tell it Sister, Tell It”, she shares her life story, including her family’s humble beginnings, the hardships and miracles along the way, all of which eventually led her on the road to success.

Some might recognize her from the “Celebrity Masterchef” series on BBC.

According to her IMDB page, she is also known for playing Tanya in the film “Ragin’ Cajun” and Mary Beth Malone in the “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV Series.

She has also appeared in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” and “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love”.

Her grandson made an appearance on Dolly’s recent Christmas special.

In 2020, she ran a podcast called “Parton Me, Nashville!” about country music and life in Nashville, Tennessee.

Finally, she’s a human rights activist and is currently very active on Twitter.

7. Cassie Parton

Born in 1951, Cassie Nan Parton is also an actress and singer.

She was a guest on “The Porter Wagoner Show” in 1970. The Parton sisters, Stella, Cassie and Dolly, performed “Break My Mind” as a trio.

She also played herself in “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas” in 2022.

Cassie was also featured in the Dollywood show “My People” in Pigeon Forge.

Sightings on social media indicate that Cassie and Dolly are very close.

Randy and Dolly Parton
Randy and Dolly Parton performed together at Dollywood (archive media photo courtesy of Dollywood)

8. Randy Parton (deceased)

Born in 1953, Randel Huston Parton was a singer, songwriter, actor and businessman.

After leaving the road as his sister’s original bass player in the Family Band, Randy performed at Dollywood and entertained millions through his more than 30-year career at the Pigeon Forge theme park.

He scored several charted singles throughout his life including “Roll On (18 Wheeler),” which was later a number-one hit for the band Alabama.

Randy performed with Dolly in shows at the Dollywood theme park. He also produced and performed in his own theater in North Carolina in 2007 and 2008.

Randy passed away in January 2021 after a battle with cancer at the age of 67.

In a post on social media post after his passing, Dolly stated, “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.”

9. Larry Parton (deceased)

Born in 1955, Larry Gerald sadly passed away as an infant shortly after his birth.

Dolly says in her book “SongTeller” that the parents were overjoyed with every new baby and each of the older kids would sort of be assigned to take care of a baby. Larry was Dolly’s baby to care for.

10. Floyd Parton (deceased)

Born in 1957, Estel Floyd Parton also had a career in music. According to Country Living, he was Dolly’s longtime songwriting partner.

He was best known for his hit singles “Rockin’ Years” from the album “Eagle When She Flies”, “Waltz Me to Heaven” from “Rhinestone” and “Nickels and Dimes” from the album “Heartbreaker”.

He passed at the age of 61 in 2018.

11. Freida Parton

Born in 1957, Freida Estelle Parton is also known for her musical talent.

She was in a punk band in the 1980s. Her album “Two Faced” came out in 1984 and is now available on Spotify.

“The Chosen One” is her most streamed song, but “Oriental Dolls” was another hit.

While it’s a different, edgier style compared to her siblings, she also reportedly sang backup on some of Dolly’s albums.

US Magazine reports that she became an ordained minister and opened her own wedding chapel in Sevierville called Parton Family Wedding Chapel and Antiques, which is now closed.

12. Rachel Ann Parton

Born in 1959, Dolly’s sister, now Rachel Parton George, (formerly Rachel Parton Dennison) is the youngest of the Parton siblings.

She is known for her role in the TV series “Nine to Five”.

She also portrayed herself in Dolly’s recent movie “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas”.

According to her Wikipedia page, she wasn’t attracted to show business, however, it seemed to be the “family tradition”.

How many of the Parton siblings have you seen perform live? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Saw Randy many times when he had his show at the park at the closing hour of the park. Also seen him and others at Dollywood in the Family Show there. Seen Stella a couple of times, as well as I remember once in a show at the Grand Theater in Pigeon Forge that was a TV show

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