Joey Feek, of the country music duo Joey+Rory, lost her battle with cancer at age 40 on March 4. As the reported, the country music community mourned, with singers such as Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood reaching out to express their condolences and share the inspiration that they found from the couple’s courage, faith, and love amid the heartbreak of her terminal cancer battle, as the Inquisitr reported.
Now, details of the country singer’s funeral and where to send condolences have been shared, reported the Boot.
A private service will be held, and the Feeks’ family has not shared the date. She will be buried in a simple casket at the Feeks’ family cemetery. At this time, a public memorial service has not been revealed.
However, for those who want to express their support, in place of flowers, donations may be sent to Rory Feek and the little daughter that he and Joey shared, Indiana, at this address.
Joey and Indy
P.O. Box 5471
Vancouver, WA 98668
Faced with arranging a funeral for the wife that meant everything to him, the Joey+Rory singer shared his heartbreak.
“It’s hard for me to imagine being there without Joey, but at the same time … it is where she wants us to be,” he shared in revealing she had passed. “It’s where she will be … She’s gonna be in the mint growing beside our back deck, the sweet-corn frozen in our freezer and a million other places that her hand and heart has touched around our little farmhouse and community.”
The formal funeral arrangements were announced Saturday, according to WISH TV. Owens Memorial Services in Alexandria shared the details.
The 40-year-old singer had bravely battled cervical cancer since May, 2014. With her husband, the country music duo of Joey+Rory had been nominated for a Grammy award for best country duo/group performance. In addition, the couple won Top New Vocal Duo in 2010 from the Academy of Country Music. In the period from 2008 to 2016, they unveiled eight albums together.
And now, in what is the last album from the duo of Joey+Rory, the success is bittersweet. That album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, meant so much to the couple that even though she was battling Stage 4 cancer, they recorded it, reported Taste Of Country.
In that album, fans can hear the classic gospel hymns in which Joey found comfort when she was struggling to survive surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. It is the last album from the duo, produced by Feek and Joe West from Gaither Music Group, known for contemporary gospel music.
Among the songs in the album is the heartbreaking original track, “When I’m Gone.”
The success of their last album is phenomenal, reported Billboard.
Released on February 12, the album Hymns soared up the Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums charts. That album success marked the first time that the duo had led those lists.
In the first week in which the Hymns album was released, it sold 68,000 copies. That total marked the couple’s top sales week, as well. As far as how the Hymns album competed compared to other categories, with regard to the all-genre Billboard 200, the LP rang in at No. 4, which is the best ranking that Joey+Rory has ever obtained.
As for sales in the Christian and gospel arena? The Hymns album ranks as the best-selling Christian/gospel set of 2016 so far. To date, more than 100,000 albums have been sold.
Before her death, the country singer was aware of the success, and Feek revealed how the couple felt to Billboard.
“No one is more surprised that our Hymns record has sold this many copies than Joey and I. For the last few months, we’ve been in Indiana, far away from the music business, living and sharing the story of our personal journey through my blog. We haven’t been promoting our careers at all. The only way I can explain the sales of this record is that it’s a byproduct of something bigger: love.”
The album song “When I’m Gone” is particularly poignant now. It was written by a friend of the couple, Sandy Lawrence, when Sandy’s own mother was extremely ill. Joey sang “When I’m Gone” from the viewpoint of someone who was aware that her time left was tragically limited.
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