Vicky White’s family buried the former jailer on Saturday instead of celebrating her sixth award as Lauderdale County’s Correction Employee of the Year.
White, 56, assistant chief of operations at Lauderdale County Jail, walked out of the northern Alabama lockup with capital murder suspect Casey White on April 29, claiming she took him to court before driving down the road in a car that authorities says she bought for the escape.
The nation was riveted by the 11-day manhunt before a car wash leader in Indiana called police about an abandoned Ford F-150 truck they stole after Vicky White’s Ford Echo crashed in Tennessee. Casey White was recaptured, but Vicky White shot herself when police locked her in. The two were not related.
The funeral service for Vicky White was held at Center Hill Cemetery, about 25 miles away from the prison where she worked.
Her obituary only said she died on May 9 and was working in the jail.
She leaves behind her parents, two brothers, a nephew and several aunts and uncles. A handful of comments to the obituary expressed condolences to the family. “Pray for Vicky’s family and friends today,” read a post. “Protect your beautiful memories that will never go away.”
Friends and colleagues are still amazed at what happened to the model employee, who apparently fell in love with a man who served 75 years, for an intimidating frenzy in which he tried to murder his ex-girlfriend, shot another woman and held several other people in arms. Casey White, unrelated to Vicky, is awaiting trial for the murder of another woman, Connie Ridgeway.
Authorities said Vicky White gave the huge Casey, who stands 6 feet-7 and weighs more than 300 pounds, extra food and otherwise showed him favor before the escape, Fox News reported.
Casey White is now facing escape charges in addition to the charges related to the murder of Ridgeway in 2015. Meanwhile, a friend of Ridgeway has started a GoFundMe to raise reward money for the car wash manager whose tip led police to the fleeing couple.
Casey White’s mother, Connie Moore, said the jailer also visited the inmate’s 12-year-old son and 2-year-old grandson and sent them Christmas presents. Her son now mourns the woman he loved and considered his wife, she claimed. “He called her his wife, even when he was in prison. I kind of just went along. I did not say, ‘You should not’ or whatever. It made him happy. “
“Vicky was really, really good at him – just being there for him, talking to him. They had a real thing,” she said.