Rory Feek penned a new, touching blog post about his wife Joey Feek, who died earlier this month at the age of 40 after battling stage 4 cervical cancer. In the post, titled “Dust to Dust,” the 50-year-old country singer detailed his wife’s burial service at their farmhouse in Tennessee.
“With friends and family gathered around, we said goodbye to the greatest person I have ever known,” he wrote.
Rory said that the musical group The Isaacs performed "It Is Well with My Soul" and singer Bill Gaither shared stories of “swans and deer and the sweet girl who looked out the window from her hospital bed and saw the beauty in life and also in death." Pastor Jerry Young, who baptized Joey when she was a child, also reflected on memories he shared with the late singer.
The “If I Needed You” singer, who made up the group Joey+Rory with his wife, wrote that other people got up to speak about Joey’s life, including his sister Marcy, Joey's best friend Julie and their manager Aaron. Posting a photo of him kissing a giant picture of his wife, Rory then described how difficult it was for him to speak at her burial. [See the photo and more from the burial here.]
“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,” he 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. Any my tears were replaced by smiles and laughter and joy and more tears. It was so beautiful.”
As previously reported, the couple’s manager released a statement last week saying that Joey was known for her “beautiful voice, beautiful smile and beautiful marriage” to Rory.
“Joey found the real meaning and joys of life to be one of love for her GOD, love for her home and family, love for planting and growing and love for sharing with everyone she knew,” he told Us Weekly. “Her roles as wife and mother are often heralded beyond her celebrity successes.”
Rory announced his wife’s death March 4, saying that her “dream came true” and she was in heaven.