Dolly Rebecca Parton was born January 19, 1946, in a one-room cabin on the banks of the Little Pigeon River in Pittman Center, Tennessee; a very small town located in Sevier County in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. She is the fourth of twelve children born to Avie Lee Caroline (née Owens; 1923–2003) and Robert Lee Parton Sr. (1921–2000). Mr. Parton (known as "Lee") worked in the mountains of east Tennessee, first as a sharecropper, and later tending his own small farm and acreage. He also worked temporary side jobs to make ends meet. He could neither read nor write. Despite his lack of formal education, Parton has said that he was one of the smartest people she has known. Avie Lee was homemaker for the large family. Her eleven pregnancies (the tenth pregnancy being twins) in twenty years made her a mother of twelve at thirty five years of age. Often in poor health, she still managed to keep house and entertain her children with songs and tales of mountain folklore. Parton has long credited her father for her business savvy, and her mother's family for her musical abilities. While she was still very young, Dolly Parton's parents moved their growing family to a farm on nearby Locust Ridge. Most of Parton's cherished memories of youth happened while living there, and it was also the place for which she was inspired to write the song, "My Tennessee Mountain Home" in the 1970s. Parton would buy back the Locust Ridge property in the 1980s. Two of Parton's brothers are no longer living; Larry died shortly after birth in 1955, and Floyd died in 2018.