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February 9, 2008

Albany -- Inside White's Seafood Restaurant, the song Go Rest High on That Mountain is played in memory of a late co-worker. Few eyes in the room were dry as those that knew Linda White best said their final goodbyes.

"I will remember that laugh always and for the good times we had together," said a co-worker.

"She was always laughing, had a good joke, and we loved and accepted her for her uniqueness," said co-worker Cathy Hubbard.

White had worked as a waitress at White's Restaurant in Albany for 5 years. But it was just over two weeks ago when the woman who was adored by her co-workers, was discovered dead inside her Worth County home. She had been murdered, according to police, by her 27-year-old husband Jacob White.

"It was unbelievable because Linda never let on that anything was wrong. She was happy-go-lucky, laughing all the time," said Hubbard.

And while understanding was hard to find in such a senseless and violent tragedy, Hubbard said in an eulogy she had written for her long time co-worker, "It is still hard for us to grasp much less, understand how or why a friend like Linda was taken from us so cruelly."

The message preached was that of forgiveness.

"Linda's not here and Jacob still is and I'm gonna do what the Bible says. The Bible says you love one another. We still have to love one another. I'm still gonna pray for Jacob. Now what happened and what kind of shape he and her were in, I don't know," said Rev. Ron Baxley.

What is known, is that while her loss is painful and confusing, her memory will live on in the hearts of her co-workers.

"We're gonna miss her. It's not the same place. We can just hope that she's always gonna be here...this was like her home away from home, and kind of watch after us," said Hubbard.

Remembered not for the way she left this earth, but instead for the smiles she's brought to others faces.

Linda White was laid to rest Saturday in Hillcrest Cemetery in Sylvester. Thanks to donations from employees and customers at White's Restaurant, enough money was raised to pay for her memorial and cremation.

Loved ones wanted to extend their thanks to Hall & Hall Funeral Home in Albany for their generosity. We're told White had no insurance and that they helped greatly in accommodating an affordable funeral for White.

The White's had recently adopted a young baby girl. We're told a neighbor has temporary custody of the child. Jacob White remains in jail charged with felony murder.

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