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Joey Feek Remembered in Final Memorial Attended By Family, Friends and Fans

by Desiree Murphy 12:54 PM PDT, March 13, 2016
Playing Joey Feek Remembered in Final Memorial Attended By Family, Friends and Fans

Joey Feek is gone but not forgotten.

Friends, family, neighbors and fans gathered together on Sunday for one last memorial honoring the late country singer, who died on March 4 at age 40 after a long battle with terminal cancer.

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Joey -- who made up one half of the country bluegrass duo Joey + Rory -- was laid to rest on Tuesday in a private funeral at a farm in Pottsville, Tennessee, which belonged to her and her husband, Rory Feek. As previously reported by ET, record producer and longtime family friend, Bill Gaither, said that Sunday's gathering was her family's way of saying "thanks" to the community that supported her through good times and bad.

The beautiful, public memorial took place in Joey's hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, the same place where she "went to grade school, church with her [family], played basketball and showed horses at the yearly county fair," Bill shared with ET.

Bill and his wife, Gloria Gaither, hosted the service with help from Rev. Jerry Young and Mike Owens inside the gymnasium of Alexandria-Monroe High School, where Joey graduated from in 1994.

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According to posts on social media, a packed gymnasium of Joey's friends, family and fans all took a stand and cheered for Rory, who was holding Indiana, his 2-year-old daughter with Joey, in his arms.

On stage, Joey's sister, Jody, delivered a heartwarming speech and thanked the community for holding the event in honor of the late star. The audience then gathered together to sing and clap in praise to Bill Withers' "Lean On," led by Rory and Bill Gaither.

Towards the end of the ceremony, Rory put on Joey's Letterman basketball jacket, which she used to don in the same gymnasium where the memorial was held.

Rory faithfully recorded the moments he and Joey shared together on his blog, which included everything from Joey's decision to end cancer treatments and go on hospice care to celebrating Valentine's Day and the 2nd birthday of their daughter, Indiana. In Rory's most recent post, titled "dust to dust," he detailed his favorite moments from Joey's final goodbye.

"Joey's one hope was that she could 'come home' on a beautiful day… and, oh, it was," Rory, 49, wrote on Saturday. "The daffodils were blooming, the grass was green and sky was bright blue."

"[Indiana and I] took a deep breath and did what Joey would want us to do," he added. "We remembered that she's still with us. She'll always be with us. In our hearts. Forever."

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