Country Singer Joey Feek Leaves a Legacy of Faith After Her Passing
Written by Christi Given | March 15, 2016
On March 12, 2016, Rory Feek—the husband and dear friend, and co-singer of the country duo Joey and Rory—announced on his blog, “On Tuesday we laid my beautiful wife to rest. 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.”
According to CCM Magazine:
“Joey Martin Feek, age 40, went home to meet her Savior Friday, March 4th, 2016, around 2:30 pm, in her native hometown of Alexandria, IN. A current resident of Pottsville, TN, with her husband, Rory, Joey was surrounded by family and close friends at the time of her passing.
Joey had been fighting Stage IV cancer for nine months, surrounded by the love and support of countless family members, friends, loved ones, longtime followers of her music and even strangers who were inspired by her life.
Joey was known for her beautiful voice, beautiful smile and beautiful marriage partnership with Rory Feek. Together they shared a life built around a love of faith, family, farming and country music….”
Female country singer Joey has left behind not only a legacy of faith to others, but also to her three kids, Indiana, Hopie and Heidi. She also is survived by her mom, dad and husband, Rory, whom she played music with. Rory documented their journey with Joey’s battle with cancer and shared their story, called “The Life I Live.”
Follow their story and testimony on their blog here.
Here is a recent excerpt, written on March 4, right after her passing into eternity. Rory posted on their blog a post entitled “A Dream Come True,” about the testament of her strong faith, dreams of singing and meeting Dolly Parton, and more.
“My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven.
The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior.
At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying…my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side.
As I held her hand and kissed her goodbye one last time… I was reminded of another dream of hers that came true. A few months ago through gracious help of Kathy Olen, a friend of ours in Nashville, and many others…”
Click here to watch the video of Joey receiving a personal video from her role model in music, Dolly Parton, which is very touching and emotional.
For those of you who don’t know Joey, she was in a country duo with her husband, had her own show and was an actress. Some of her songs from her albums with Rory were “Coat of Many Colors” (a cover of a Dolly Parton song), “Hello Love,” “Let Me Be,” “How’s the World Treating You” and “Are You Washed in the Blood (feat. The Isaacs).
Their song “That’s Important to Me” wasn’t on the top of the charts, but was from Joey + Rory’s second album and was nominated for Mainstream Inspirational Country Song in 2011’s Inspirational Country Music Awards.
Watch this touching video of their song “That’s Important to Me.”
For the story of how Joey and Rory met, watch here.
Isn’t their story amazing? What a lovely example of a godly couple and a match made in heaven. Joey’s story is so inspiring. Let us pray for her and her family during this time of loss.
Go to ccmmagazine.com on April 1, 2016, for a special edition of an interview with Joey and husband Rory, which was just weeks before Joey’s passing on March 4.