Rory Feek shared touching details of Joey Feek’s memorial service in her hometown, and it was heartbreaking in its perfection.
In his blog This Life I Live, Rory explained that he and daughter Indiana traveled back to Joey’s hometown, where a huge memorial was held in the gymnasium of Alexandria High School — the very school “where Joey had played basketball and volleyball and cheered for her home team,” he explained.
The town where Joey came from welcomed him and Indiana with open arms while saying good-bye to its most famous former resident.
“Bill and Gloria Gaither hosted the celebration, and they and a number of family and friends came up one by one to speak,” he said. “Joey’s mother and father sang a hymn and shared a few words from their hearts. Her sister Jody talked about being by our side as Joey’s caregiver for the last few months and how Joey has impacted her as a woman and mother. And hometown hero Carl Erskine, who pitched for the Dodgers in [the] ’40s and ’50s played his harmonica and shared wisdom about raising a child with Down Syndrome with me.”
“Joey’s high school coach Mr. Howell even gave me a letter jacket from the high school with Joey’s name on it,” Rory continued. “An honor that is especially meaningful to a man who’s [sic] favorite movie is ‘Hoosiers’ and never lived in one town long enough to play sports or get the chance to try to earn one on his own.”
He then shared a beautiful video of the touching ceremony. Be forewarned: It will definitely bring tears to your eyes.
“The whole day was so special,” Rory said. “Thank you to everyone who was there and to everyone who wished they could be there with us. Like me, I know my wife would’ve found a way to see the beauty in this sad day.”
Joey was laid to rest near the couple’s home in Tennessee.
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