By Erin Duvall
Rory Feek has laid his late wife, Joey Martin Feek, to rest. The Joey+Rory singer posted photos and memories on his blog Saturday (March 12) of the private event that took place on Tuesday (March 8).
“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,” he wrote on ThisLifeILive. “The service started in our barn/concert hall. 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.”
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Friends attended the service and even participated. The Isaacs sang “It is Well With my Soul,” Bill Gaither remembered visiting Joey before her death and the pastor who baptized Joey shared memories of the songstress.
“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,” Rory wrote, referring to the below clip. “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 precession, which sang “Down to the River to Pray,” followed a team of mules as they carried a simple wooden box carrying the late singer to the family plot.
“And we spent the afternoon a few steps from Joey’s garden, hugging and loving and celebrating the beautiful life she lived,” Rory added. “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.”