Dolly Parton mourns late uncle Bill Owens: ‘I knew my heart would break when he passed and it did’
Dolly Parton on Wednesday mourned her uncle Billy Earl Owens following his death at 85.
‘I’ve lost my beloved Uncle Bill Owens,’ Parton, 75, said in an Instagram post. ‘I knew my heart would break when he passed, and it did. I’ll start this eulogy by saying I wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t been there.
The iconic singer-songwriter credited Owens for his stalwart support of her throughout her career as a musical artist.
RIP: Dolly Parton, 75, on Wednesday mourned her uncle Billy Earl Owens following his death at 85
‘He was there… there in my young years to encourage me to keep playing my guitar, to keep writing my songs, to keep practicing my singing,’ Parton said. ‘And he was there to help build my confidence standing on stage where he was always standing behind me or close beside me with his big ol’ red Gretsch guitar.’
The Locust Ridge, Tennessee native said Owens ‘was there to take me around to all of the local shows,’ and got her her ‘first job on the Cas Walker Show,’ all the while tirelessly supporting her as an unsung hero in the early days of her career.
‘He took me back-&-forth to Nashville through the years, walked up-&-down the streets with me, knocking on doors to get me signed up to labels or publishing companies,’ the Jolene artist. ‘It’s really hard to say or to know for sure what all you owe somebody for your success. But I can tell you for sure that I owe Uncle Billy an awful lot.’