Najahe Sherman WKRN NEWS 2 - WILIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) - As fans all over the world mourn the loss of country star Joey Feek, those closest to the star are sharing a side of the singer many fans didn't get to see.
Dr. Monty Mcinturff met Feek long before she became a household name in the world of country music.
He hired her to help work with horses at the Tennessee Equine Hospital in Thompson's Station.
"I gave her a job and we were so impressed with her. She worked with me one day and did awesome and she said, 'Oh, by the way, I need a place to live.' I went home that night and I told my wife Lisa, 'I met this really awesome person and she needs a place to live,'" the doctor told News 2.
Feek, along her pet snake and dog, moved in with Dr. Mcinturff and his wife.
"Joey could come into a situation and the animals would just bond to her. She was a special person," he said.
A few years later, her music career took off.
"She got signed and met Rory. Her solo career didn't quite go where she wanted, but I think it was God's plan because Rory and her got together and then they just took off," said Dr. Mcinturff.
The country singer was diagnosed with cervical cancer shortly after giving birth to her 2-year-old daughter.
Her husband Rory shared his wife's journey on an online blog.
Feek passed away Friday. Her public fight against cancer drew an audience that reached far beyond country music fans.
"I know she has got tons of fans, music fans, that knew her as this beautiful voice, but we knew her as a beautiful person," said Mcinturff.
Feek is survived by her husband, three daughters, friends, and countless fans to cherish her memory.