Gospel music legend and fellow Alexandria, Ind., native Bill Gaither, who has been a friend and a mentor of Joey+Rory Feek for years, is hosting a public service memorial in Joey’s hometown on Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 p.m. in the Alexandria-Monroe High School gymnasium.
The memorial service will not be live-streamed on any television network or website, however the local news media will be there, and will cover portions of the service afterward.
Gaither, joined by his wife, Gloria, will host the service, along with Rev. Jerry Young and Mike Owens. Rory Feek, his daughters and members of the Martin family will be in attendance, and are exceedingly grateful for this community’s outpouring of support throughout Joey’s life and most recently during her illness, Gaither’s announcement stated.
“Joey was one of a kind. We all will miss that sweet, transparent spirit,” Gaither said this week.
Gaither operates his business out of the same town in which Joey returned for hospice, and he dropped by almost daily to see her.
“We’ll get a knock on the door in the morning or early afternoon, and next thing you know Bill will be parked in a chair beside Joey’s bed, telling her jokes and stories about days long-past and he’ll have Joey and all of us laughing and smiling ’til our faces hurt,” Rory Feek wrote in his personal blog.
One time, Gaither surprised the Feeks by building a bonfire across a pond outside Joey’s window.
“It was magical,” Rory Feek said, then explained that Gaither called to make sure Joey could see it, wanting to know if she was smiling.
“I looked over at Joey watching the flames, beaming ear-to-ear, and found myself doing the same thing,” Rory Feek wrote. “We all are Bill.”
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SOURCE: The Gospel Herald
Julie Brown Patton