Vicky White’s family buried the former prison warden on Saturday instead of celebrating her sixth Lauderdale County Correctional Worker of the Year award.
White, 56, the Lauderdale County Jail’s deputy chief of operations, left the North Alabama jail with Casey White, the presumed murder suspect, on April 29, claiming she would take him to court before taking them to the street in a car drove, authorities said bought for the escape.
The nation was shackled by the 11-day manhunt before an Indiana car wash executive called police about an abandoned Ford F-150 truck they stole after Vicky White’s Ford Echo broke down in Tennessee. Casey White was recaptured, but Vicky White shot herself as police closed in. The two were not related.
Vicky White’s funeral service was held at Center Hill Cemetery, about 25 miles from the prison where she worked.
Her obituary said only that she died on May 9 and was working in prison.
She is survived by her parents, two brothers, a nephew, and several aunts and uncles. A handful of comments on the obituary expressed their condolences to the family. “I am praying for Vicky’s family and friends today,” one post said. “Treasure your beautiful memories that will never fade.”
Friends and colleagues are still confused as to what happened to the model employee, who appears to have fallen in love with a man who has been serving 75 years for a horrific killing spree in which he attempted to murder his ex-girlfriend, shot another woman and held several others at gunpoint. Casey White, unrelated to Vicky, was awaiting trial for the capital murder of another woman, Connie Ridgeway.
Authorities said Vicky White gave the enormous Casey, who is 6ft 7 and weighs more than 300 pounds, extra food and otherwise showed him favors before fleeing, Fox News reported.
Casey White now faces fugitive charges in addition to charges related to the 2015 killing of Ridgeway. Meanwhile, a Ridgeway friend has started GoFundMe to raise reward funds for the car wash manager whose tip led police to the fugitive couple.
Casey White’s mother, Connie Moore, said the jailer also visited the inmate’s 12-year-old son and 2-year-old grandchild and sent them Christmas presents. Her son is now grieving for the woman he loved and considered his wife, she claimed. “He called her his wife even when he was in prison. I just went along with it. I didn’t say, ‘You shouldn’t’ or whatever. It made him happy.”
“Vicky was really, really good to him – just being there for him, talking to him. They had a real thing,” she said.