Country singer Joey Feek, who passed away after fighting cervical cancer, was laid to rest during a private ceremony last Tuesday in Tennessee. Her husband, Rory Feek, and daughter Indiana made an emotional appearance that Rory opened up about on his blog.
“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,” Feek wrote on his blog on Saturday, according to Billboard.
“Joey’s one hope was that she could ‘come home’ on a beautiful day… and it oh, it was. The daffodils were blooming, the grass was green and sky was bright blue,” he added.
Rory Feek also shared his feelings as he went up to the stage for his wife’s funeral.
“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. 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.”
The tribute video was set to Iris Dement’s “After You’re Gone” and was also uploaded later to Feek’s blog. He also posted personal pictures taken from that day.
In his blog, This Life I Live, Rory wrote about the moments following the funeral.
“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. We remembered that she’s still with us. She’ll always be with us. In our hearts. Forever.”
ABC News reports that Joey Feek died on March 4 at the age of 40.
Rory Feek also detailed how emotional the day was, adding that his wife was buried in “the family cemetery behind our barn.” The singer also reminisced about his late wife.
“The service started in our barn/concert hall,” he wrote. “The last time we were on that stage, was in early October and Joey and I were singing together. But now, a photograph of Joey was in the spotlight… and I was one of many who were there to honor her.”
Along with the private funeral, a public memorial was held at the Alexandria-Monroe High School gymnasium in Alexandria, Indiana, on Sunday. Rory broke the news about his wife’s passing in an emotional blog post, writing that his wife is now in heaven.
“Though this is, and has been, a time of many tears of sorrow, it has also been a time of countless tears of joy,” Rory said about his wife’s final months.
The public service was held in Joey Feek’s hometown, where hundreds gathered to honor the singer and say their final goodbyes.
The emotional memorial included remarks from Rory, Joey’s sisters, as well as teachers and her former basketball coach.
“It’s a special way for the family to say thanks to the community, and for the community to love on the family,” Rory said before the memorial.
Bill Gaither talked to ET about his memories with Joey, saying that the memorial service was at the same place the singer “went to grade school, church…Played basketball and showed horses at the county fair.”
Joey and Rory Feek wrote and recorded music together. The debut of their final album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums.
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