Dust To Dust – Rory’s Moving Pictorial Tribute To Wife Joey’s Funeral

Laid To Rest

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.

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.

The Service Begins

 

The service started in our barn/concert hall. The last time we were on that stage, was in early October and Joey and I were singing together. But now, a photograph of Joey was in the spotlight… and I was one of many who were there to honor her.

The service started in our barn/concert hall. The last time we were on that stage, was in early October and Joey and I were singing together. But now, a photograph of Joey was in the spotlight… and I was one of many who were there to honor her.

It Is Well With My Soul

The Isaac’s sang “It Is Well With My Soul”.

The Isaac’s sang “It Is Well With My Soul”.

Stories Of Swans And Deer

Bill Gaither told stories of swans and deer and the sweet girl who looked out the window from her hospital bed and saw the beauty in life and also in death.

Bill Gaither told stories of swans and deer and the sweet girl who looked out the window from her hospital bed and saw the beauty in life and also in death.

Memories Of Joey And The Sharing Of The Gospel

And the pastor who baptized Joey in her small hometown church in Indiana, Jerry Young… shared memories of Joey and the good news of the Gospel.

And the pastor who baptized Joey in her small hometown church in Indiana, Jerry Young… shared memories of Joey and the good news of the Gospel.

Words Were Not Enough

My sister Marcy and Joey’s best friend Julie and our manager Aaron all spoke and Sandy Lawrence somehow managed to sing “When I’m Gone”. When it came my time to speak, I walked up on the stage and stood looking at my wife’s sweet picture… and words were not enough to let her know how much she meant to me – how much she still means to me. .

My sister Marcy and Joey’s best friend Julie and our manager Aaron all spoke and Sandy Lawrence somehow managed to sing “When I’m Gone”. When it came my time to speak, I walked up on the stage and stood looking at my wife’s sweet picture… and words were not enough to let her know how much she meant to me – how much she still means to me. .

A Video Tribute

And when my time was through and I thought I couldn’t cry anymore tears… they played a video celebrating Joey’s life that our friends Daniel and Gabe made. And my tears were replaced by smiles and laughter and joy and more tears. It was so beautiful, set to the song “After You’re Gone” by Iris Dement… a song that Joey loved and requested be played at her service.

Coming Home

Joey’s one hope was that she could “come home” on a beautiful day… and oh, it was. The daffodils were blooming, the grass was green and sky was bright blue.

Joey’s one hope was that she could “come home” on a beautiful day… and oh, it was. The daffodils were blooming, the grass was green and sky was bright blue.

Gathering At Her Final Resting Place

As the guests made their way to the family cemetery behind our barn…

As the guests made their way to the family cemetery behind our barn…

Led By Eight Angelic Singers

Eight angelic voices led a procession singing “Down By The River To Pray” all the way out to the family plot.

Eight angelic voices led a procession singing “Down By The River To Pray” all the way out to the family plot.

Escorted By Those She Loved

And a team of mules carried Joey’s simple wooden box in an 1800’s wagon with six of Joey’s favorite ‘cowboys’ by her side.

And a team of mules carried Joey’s simple wooden box in an 1800’s wagon with six of Joey’s favorite ‘cowboys’ by her side.

Followed By Her Family

The family followed along behind the wagon. Indy on her papa’s shoulders.

The family followed along behind the wagon. Indy on her papa’s shoulders.

A Better Place

At the gravesite, Mike Glenn – our pastor in Tennessee, spoke of the better place that Joey’s in and also of the better place that the world is because Joey was in it.

At the graveside, Mike Glenn – our pastor in Tennessee, spoke of the better place that Joey’s in and also of the better place that the world is because Joey was in it.

Live Like Joey

And he told us how we can all have a service like hers when it comes our time to go, with just as many people loving us as loved Joey. All we have to do he said… is live like she did.

And he told us how we can all have a service like hers when it comes our time to go, with just as many people loving us as loved Joey. All we have to do he said… is live like she did.

Dust To Dust

And finally, the beautiful life that God had brought from the dust was returned to the dust…

And finally, the beautiful life that God had brought from the dust was returned to the dust…

But Watched Over

As two of Joey’s friends stayed behind to let her know they will be keeping her company from now on.

As two of Joey’s friends stayed behind to let her know they will be keeping her company from now on.

As The Sun Sets

And when most of the guests had gone and the sun was starting to fade, Indy and I took the short walk together into the back field to see her mama one more time.

And when most of the guests had gone and the sun was starting to fade, Indy and I took the short walk together into the back field to see her mama one more time.

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. - Rory Feeks Here is Rory's pictorial memorial tribute.You can see more pictures and read more about Joey’s funeral at Rory’s blog This Life I Live.

Photo and caption credit: http://thislifeilive.com/dust-to-dust/

About the Author Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.

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