Parton’s Father Dies

Robert Lee Parton, 79, whose children include entertainers Dolly, Stella and Randy Parton, died Sunday (Nov. 12) at Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee in Knoxville. Known to family and friends as “Widner,” Mr. Parton died of complications from one or more strokes he suffered in recent weeks. He was a tobacco farmer and a construction worker whose hobbies included playing banjo and guitar. He is survived by his wife, Avie Lee Owens Parton, and 11 of 12 children. Funeral arrangements are private.