Rory Feek Shares Pictures From Joey Feek’s Private Funeral Service
“In a grove of sassafras trees behind our farmhouse, with friends and family gathered around, we said goodbye to the greatest person I have ever known,” Rory Feek writes, before describing the service, which took place both in the Feeks’ barn-slash-concert hall and at the family’s private cemetery. Country gospel group the Isaacs, Bill Gaither, Rory Feek’s sister Marcy, Joey’s friend Julie, and Joey + Rory‘s manager Aaron all offered songs and remembrances of the singer.
“When it came my time to speak, I walked up on the stage and stood looking at my wife’s sweet picture … and words were not enough to let her know how much she meant to me — how much she still means to me,” Rory Feek recalls. “And when my time was through and I thought I couldn’t cry anymore tears … they played a video celebrating Joey’s life that our friends Daniel and Gabe made. And my tears were replaced by smiles and laughter and joy and more tears.”
On the beautiful, early spring day — “[t]he daffodils were blooming, the grass was green, and sky was bright blue,” Feek describes — a team of mules pulled Joey Feek’s casket to her final resting place on an 1800s wagon.
“And finally, the beautiful life that God had brought from the dust was returned to the dust …,” Rory Feek says. “And we spent the afternoon a few steps from Joey’s garden, hugging and loving and celebrating the beautiful life she lived.
“… It was an afternoon filled with so much joy and love. Even our little Indiana had a wonderful time …,” he continues. “And when most of the guests had gone and the sun was starting to fade, Indy and I took the short walk together into the back field to see her mama one more time. And we stayed awhile and talked with her.
“And then we took a deep breath and did what Joey would want us to do,” Feek concludes. “We remembered that she’s still with us. She’ll always be with us. In our hearts. Forever.”
After a months-long battle with cancer, Joey Feek passed away on March 4. A public memorial service for the singer will be held on March 13 at 2:30PM, at the Alexandria-Monroe High School gymnasium, in her hometown of Alexandria, Ind. In lieu of flowers, those looking for a way to express their condolences may send donations to the following address:
Joey and Indy
P.O. Box 5471
Vancouver, WA 98668
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