Joey Feek is not forgotten. For months, Rory Feek documented his wife’s battle with cancer as the country music duo gathered strength and courage from each other. Now, alone, heartbroken Rory continues to share his love for Joey, most recently paying tribute with the first photo of her grave site, noted Us Weekly.
The beautiful picture shows Feek’s grave in Tennessee, with a wooden cross marking the tomb on the family farm. Two horses peacefully stand watch as the sun rises to enhance the scene.
“A bright sunrise will contradict the heavy fog that weighs you down,” wrote Rory.
In a blog post a week prior to Joey’s death, Feek revealed that he had purchased the horses for her 40th birthday. And Rory revealed his heartbreak that Joey never again will ride those horses, along with his gratitude that she chose him.
“I don’t know why she loves me,” confessed Feek. “But she didn’t choose some handsome Marlboro man with a Sam Elliot mustache and a thousand-acre ranch… Instead, she chose our little farm and she chose me. And unfortunately, she will never get to ride those or any horses again. They will instead be grazing in the pasture around the family cemetery in the back field behind our farmhouse.”
When Joey passed away on March 4, she was only 40-years-old. But Feek had struggled long and hard with stage IV cervical cancer, seeking to stay strong and courageous for Rory and their just-turned-2-year-old daughter, Indiana.
For the second week, Joey + Rory’s last album scored as the top collection in country music. Hymns That Are Important to Us took the number one spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Soon after Feek lost her battle with cancer, the album soared to the top of the charts, and it has stayed there.
And so when Feek learned that she had developed Stage 4 cancer, she summed up her strength to finish the record. Although parts of the album were completed in Joey’s hotel room amid enervating treatments, Feek never gave up until that album of which she had dreamed was completed.
Joey did live long enough to learn that the album had succeeded after it was released in February. But the always modest country singer refused to accept compliments, revealed Rory.
“This is one that she has always wanted to make, and she’s worked so hard to make it happen, in spite of the difficult circumstances she is facing,” shared Joey’s devoted husband. “As I congratulated her, she responded through tears: ‘No, honey, this is God’s record.’ “
In addition to a private funeral service on their Tennessee farm on March 8, the life of Joey was celebrated by friends, family and residents in her hometown of Alexandria, Ind., on March 13. That public memorial service celebrated the remarkable strength, courage and faith of Joey and the way that she inspired people everywhere.
Initially diagnosed with cancer in 2014, Joey went through radiation and chemotherapy prior to a relapse in 2015. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Joey then stopped her treatments to go into hospice care in Indiana, noted Billboard.
And it was in the last chapter of Joey’s life that the album experienced its tremendous success. After dropping February 12, Hymns took the number one ranking on the Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums charts. The album also quickly became the hottest seller among Christian/gospel sets in 2016.
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