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Coy Denver Parton - Dolly Parton's brother

Published Mon Jun 20 2022 By chanel
Coy Denver Parton - Dolly Parton's brother

Coy Denver Parton is most known as the older brother of Dolly Parton, a popular, and globally adored artist and music legend. Denver was born on August 16, 1943, in Tennessee. Robert Lee Parton and Avie Lee Caroline Parton are his parents. 

Some of the siblings chose to follow in Dolly's musical footsteps, while others chose a different path. He has never pursued a career in show business, and he and his wife want to keep their personal life private. Carolyn Parton is Coy Parton's wife and his children are Dolly Christina Parton and Jennifer Lynn Parton.

Early Life

Coy Denver grew up in a modest home among the Tennessee Smoky Mountains with a dozen siblings. While the Parton children appear to have grown up with a lot of music, they didn't always have it easy because they were poor.

They grew up without a bathroom and would bathe in the river because they didn't have a bathtub or shower. Their hut, which had only one bedroom, had no running water or electricity. Dolly describes the family in one of her songs, "Coat of Many Colors," as having "no money" but "feeling as rich as they could be" with the love they shared.

Coy Denver didn’t prefer Spotlight

Not everyone in Dolly Parton's huge family wanted to be in show business, and not all of the Parton siblings felt compelled to pursue music as a vocation. Or sample the fame and spotlight that had enriched certain relatives of their family. Compared to Dolly, a music superstar who is also a movie star and theme-park entrepreneur, a handful of Tennessee's Partons have kept their heads down and led highly private, or at least quiet lives.

Coy Denver Parton is also a family man, having married Carolyn Parton and given birth to two daughters, Dolly Christina Parton and Jennifer Lynn Parton. We can presume that he is a good father to his children because he was raised by their wonderful parents despite poverty and adversity.

Who is Dolly Parton?

Dolly Parton was born in the United States on January 19, 1946, in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. Sevier County High School was her alma mater. The 76-year-old diva is known for songs like "Jolene," and she made headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic for putting money towards the development of Moderna.

In Frame: Legendary singer Dolly Parton (Source: Dolly's IG)

Parton married Carl Thomas Dean (born July 20, 1942, in Nashville, Tennessee) on May 30, 1966, in Ringgold, Georgia; the couple had no children. 

Coy’s mother Avie Lee

Avie Lee Parton was a woman who was adored by everyone in their large family. It was not easy to raise a family of twelve, but she managed to demonstrate her love to each of them. They used to have a sweet custom where she would ask her children to locate the best stone for her "stone soup" for dinner, and when they returned home with their treasures, she would congratulate the child who required the most care and attention at the moment.

"Little Tiny Tasseltop," was his mother's first song which she wrote. It's a song about a corn cob doll that the girl enjoyed playing with on their small farmhouse's front porch. "The Coat of Many Colors" is another song about this extraordinary woman in the singer's life. It's about a winter dress that her mother created for her out of a variety of little fabric scraps.

Father Robert Lee

Robert Lee Parton, his father, was an extraordinarily industrious man who did his utmost to raise his large family of 12 children. His father and he had a strong bond. Robert Lee Parton (nicknamed "Widner" by friends) came from a long family of farmers, and as a young adult, he worked as a sharecropper, a unique and entirely nonlucrative arrangement in which the landowners receive a portion of the harvest as rent.

Coy Denver Parton's Parents Avie Lee Parton and Robert Lee Parton (Source: Favebites)

Lee, on the other hand, had purchased his own piece of land in Sevier County, Tennessee, by the time Denver turned eight in 1951, and he utilized it to produce tobacco and rear livestock. He also worked in construction to help support his huge family. Avie, who grew up in a musical household and was the daughter of a South Carolina pastor, married in 1939 when she was only 19 years old. Robert died following a series of strokes in August 2003, at the age of 79. He died four months before Avie Lee, who was 80 years old at the time.

List of siblings

Denver Parton comes from a large family, with 11 siblings. Floyd, Larry Gerard, and Randy, three of his siblings, perished, according to Hollywood Life. Willadsen, David Wilburn, Coy Denver, Dolly Rebecca, Bobby Lee, Stella Mae, Cassie Nan, Randel Huston "Randy," Larry Gerald, Estel Floyd, and twins Freida Estelle and Rachel Ann were the names of the six boys and six girls, in order of birth.

When Dolly was younger, she stated that everyone sang and played music, and it was a wonderful, artistic atmosphere to grow up in. While some information about Dolly's siblings is available to the public, three of her brothers have remained extremely private. Coy Denver, Robert Lee, and David have all been away from Hollywood for a long time, and few people are aware of their whereabouts.

Six Boys

David is the family's second child. On March 30, 1942, he was born. He keeps a low profile and little is known about him. Similarly, Robert has a quiet life and little information about him in public. Bobby Lee was born on February 18, 1948, and is the family's fifth child. Dolly, his younger sister, was born two years after him.

Coy Denver and his siblings (Source:

Randy was born on December 15, 1953, in Sevierville, Tennessee, United States of America. He died of cancer on January 21, 2021, at the age of 67. He was a well-known singer-songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur. Larry was born in July 1955, but he died just four days later. Floyd was a musician best known for penning Rockin' Years and Nickels. He was born on June 1, 1957, and died on December 6, 2018.

Six Girls

Willadeene was born on March 24, 1940, and is the family's firstborn. Willadeene Parton, unlike her siblings, did not pursue a career in music and instead chose to write. In the Shadow of a Song: The Story of the Parton Family and Smoky Mountain Memories: Stories from the Parton Family's Hearts are two of her publications. Cassie was born in 1951, and she is the family's seventh child. On February 12th, 2022, she turned 71 years old. Freida was born on June 1, 1957, shortly after her older sister began her career in music. Rachel Dennison is a retired singer/actor who was born on August 31, 1959. She is the family's last child.

Stella Mae, the family's sixth child, was born on May 4, 1949. Mae has been married three times, the most recent being in 1991. She hasn't had a boyfriend since. She is a strong advocate for women, donating a portion of the earnings from her book sales to domestic violence shelters in the southeast United States. She published a memoir in 2011 to assist single mothers who are trying to raise their children.

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