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Joey Feek's Funeral: 'We Said Goodbye to the Greatest Person I Have Ever Known,' Husband Rory Says

Joey & Rory
Angela Talley

Joey & Rory 

Joey Feek, who passed away after battling cervical cancer, was laid to rest 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,” Joey’s husband, Rory, said in an emotional post he penned for his blog, This Life I Live. The couple wrote and recorded music as country duo Joey + Rory, whose final album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, debuted at No. 1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and Top Christian Albums chart upon its release.

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“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.”

Rory Feek went on to say that friends of theirs had made a video set to Iris DeMent’s “After You’re Gone” to celebrate Joey’s life. The beautiful tribute, seen below, was played at the service and posted to Feek’s blog.

“Joey’s one hope was that she could ‘come home’ on a beautiful day… and oh, it was. The daffodils were blooming, the grass was green and sky was bright blue,” Feek said.

Feek also published a series of personal photos from the day, including many featuring the couple’s daughter, Indiana, who recently turned two years old.

“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,” he wrote, sharing another poignant memory. “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.”