Rory Feek Changes One Man’s Life Forever By Honoring Wife Joey Feek’s Final Request

Rory Feek, the husband and duet partner of the late Joey Feek, changed one man’s life forever when he honored his wife’s final request.

Since Joey’s death, and long before she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Rory Feek has been sharing their story on his blog This Life I Live. He documented Joey’s diagnosis, her treatment, and her will to live and love even when death was looming nearby. Rory shared the details of their life that most would’ve kept private- he wanted their story to have a meaning and touch the lives of others.

When Joey realized she didn’t have much longer to live, she started telling Rory what she wanted to take place at her funeral. She had specific requests- she wanted a handmade wooden casket made by their farmhand Tim with a quilt made by her close friend lining it. She also wanted a specific song, sang by a specific person, performed at her grave site.

Joey and Indiana Joey and Indiana Feek [Photo via This Life I Live]“It was her last request,” Rory wrote in a post titled “leave it there.” “The last thing on the list Joey gave me, of what she wanted at her funeral service… when the time came. And we both knew that time was coming soon. ‘I’d like for someone to sing the hymn Leave It There at my graveside,’ Joey said. And then she stopped and added, ‘no… not someone,’ and she looked at me and smiled, ‘I want Bradley Walker to sing it for me.'”

“When you’re body suffers pain, and your health you can’t regain.When your soul is slowly sinking in despair. Jesus knows the pain you feel. He can save and He can heal. Take your burden to the Lord, and leave it there.”

It was just a week later that Bradley Walker fulfilled Joey’s final request and sang the hymn. Little did he know, his life would soon be changed forever. In the large crowd of people attending Joey’s funeral was Joey and Rory’s close friend and mentor Bill Gaither.