FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) A nurse at the DeKalb County jail who also served as a deputy died at the Talladega Superspeedway.
DeKalb County officials tell WHNT News 19 that Allen Kay, 60, was found in his camper Saturday afternoon, after working a midnight shift security detail. He was in Talladega to help as part of the mounted posse patrolling the area.
The Talladega coroner and Sheriff’s Office ruled no foul play is suspected. It appears Deputy Kay died of a possible heart attack.
Deputy Kay worked at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office for eight years in jail’s medical department, taking care of the inmates.
“He was a man of integrity, a hard worker, and was well-respected,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris. “He will be missed by the Sheriff’s office co-workers, family and friends. May God be with his family and friends during this tragic time.”
Allen Kay is survived by his wife, Vicki Whiteside Kay of Henagar, AL; one daughter: Amy Graham and Husband Sam of Oxford, AL; one sister: Cindy Kay Chitwood of Fort Payne, AL; four Grandchildren: Meghan, Abbey, Grace & Sarah; one uncle: Thomas D. Kay and wife Lila of Decatur, AL ; and one Niece: Julie Martin and husband Will of Fort Payne, AL. He was preceded in death by his parents, James & Velma Kay.
Visitation for Allen Kay will be Tuesday, October 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Wednesday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rainsville Funeral Home.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. It will be in Rainsville Funeral Home’s chapel. Interment will be at Pea Ridge Cemetery following the service.