With great sadness we learned this weekend that Joey Feek of the wonderful country music duo Joey and Rory passed away on Friday, March 4, after a long battle with cervical cancer. She leaves behind her two-year-old daughter Indiana, her husband Rory Lee Feek, and lots of family and friends.
I am hurting on a more personal level because I had the privilege to know the duo over the years while they lived in my town, Columbia, Tennessee. I always admired the love they shared, a love like something from the Nicholas Sparks novel “The Notebook”–a love like my grandparents have, which is still going strong after 50+ years. Joey was a very beautiful woman with a strong outlook and faith in God. She battled with a bravery that I could not imagine, and she stayed positive through the end, enjoying precious moments with her family and two-year-old daughter Indiana.
As someone who knew the Feeks, I’m not writing this to make a spectacle out of the situation, but to give some first-hand insight about a fantastic couple of human beings. You take away the TV show, the albums, the restaurant on the edge of town and you still couldn’t ask for nicer people. This couple was the real deal–authentic and kind, with or without the success.
Of course, there has been enough insight on the situation through Rory’s blogs–and here is a tearjerker right here that you will more than likely enjoy in honor of the group–but I am going to add my perspective on the Feek family and share a few personal stories that occurred with Rory Lee Feek.
Even before Joey and Rory the duo, Rory was an accomplished songwriter, and I have been a fan of Rory’s work for years, dating back to 2005 (and maybe even earlier). Rory has penned smash country hits such as “Some Beach” by Blake Shelton, “The Chain of Love” by Clay Walker, “A Little More Country Than That” by Eastin Corbin, and the lengthy song, which is a part of my story below, “How Do You Get That Lonely,” which was recorded by Blaine Larson.