Gaithers to host memorial service for Joey Martin Feek

Gaithers to host memorial service for Joey Martin FeekALEXANDRIA — A public memorial service for country singer and Alexandria native Joey Martin Feek is set for Sunday in her Hoosier hometown.

The service is being hosted by gospel legends Bill and Gloria Gaither who operate a studio in Alexandria.

Martin Feek, 40, died Friday after a battle with cervical cancer. Her battle was detailed in emotional blogs posted by her singer/songwriter husband, Rory Feek. The couple performed together as Joey+Rory.

“Joey was one of a kind. We all will miss that sweet, transparent spirit,” Bill Gaither said in a statement.

Pastor Jerry Young and Mike Owens of Owens Memorial Service in Alexandria will help host the service.

The service will be at 2:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Alexandria-Monroe High School.

Martin Feek grew up in Alexandria. She left for Nashville in 1998 where she met songwriter Rory Feek. They married in 2002.

The couple has one child together, Indiana, who has Down syndrome. The girl was born Feb. 17, 2014. Martin Feek learned she had cervical cancer in the summer of 2014.

Rory Feek documented her illness through his blog, “This Life I Live.”

Following Martin Feek’s death, Rory Feek and daughter Indiana went back to their home at Pottsville, Tenn.

“I’m making plans that I hoped we would never have to make,” Rory Feek posted Sunday on an Instagram account, accompanied by a photo of their farm in Pottsville.

In November, he wrote on his blog that his wife asked for her casket to be a “rough-cut wooden box with a cross on it” made from “wood at the farm.”

She is also to be buried there.

The memorial service in Alexandria is open to the public.  

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