Joey was buried on the family’s Tennessee farm in a private ceremony. Shortly after, Rory announced the release of To Joey, With Love, a film he began making as an anniversary gift. The couple’s final album, Hymns That Are Important To Us, reached No.4 on the Billboard 200, and in 2017 won the Best Roots Gospel Album Grammy.
In 2017 Rory bought his daughter Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome, a 1926 piano for her third birthday. The gift was a way to honor his and Joey’s dream of “Indy” learning to play a musical instrument. Just months later, Rory was back in the news for giving the three-year-old a much bigger educational tool.