Joey Feek was laid to rest in the cemetery behind her beloved Tennessee farmhouse on Tuesday (March 8). The ceremony was private with only the family and their closest friends and neighbors in attendance, but in a new blog post, Rory Feek shared some details and photos of intimate moments from the beautiful service.
It seems only fitting that Joey's funeral start out in the couple's barn, the one that hosted many episodes of "The Joey+Rory Show" and served as the stage for some of the duo's music videos. Southern gospel family group The Isaacs sang the hymn 'It Is Well', a song that Joey recorded and included on her final album, Hymns That Are Important To Us.
Other family members and friends took time to share memories including Joey's childhood pastor, Joey's best friend Julie, Bill Gaither, and others that we've all come to know through Rory's blog, This Life I Live. Then Rory took the stage.
"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 wrote.
"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. It was so beautiful, set to the song 'After You’re Gone' by Iris Dement… a song that Joey loved and requested be played at her service."
The guests then made their way to the cemetery as a team of mules carried Joey's casket to it's final resting place.
"And finally, the beautiful life that God had brought from the dust was returned to the dust…"
The farmhouse that Joey and Rory had shared for 14 years was full of love and laughter as friends and family spent the afternoon celebrating Joey's life. But, after everyone had gone, Rory and Indiana made their way back to the cemetery to say goodbye to Joey one last time.
Joey Martin Feek passed away Friday, March 4, after a courageous battle against cancer. She and her husband rose to fame when they competed in CMT's Can You Duet? in 2008. The couple ultimately placed third, but would go on to star in a series of Overstock.com commercials and star in their own television variety show. Over the course of the last nine months, Joey and Rory have garnered millions of new fans and social media followers through Joey's story.
Read Rory's full blog post here. And, watch the beautiful video tribute that played at Joey's funeral below.
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