Gregory Alan Threet was remembered yesterday by his family, a group that transcended blood relations.
Members of Threet's college fraternity, uniformed Cub Scouts from the troop he led and co-workers gathered -- along with his wife, Anita, and their children -- at Cathedral of Christ the King to mourn the 35-year-old.
He was heading toward a bright future when he boarded Comair Flight 5191 on Aug. 27. That flight was to take him to a training seminar for emerging leaders at Crawford, the insurance-services firm he had worked for since 1999.
"He was so excited to be part of a privileged group of Crawford employees," said his brother-in-law Tony Yorio. "And he was excited that moving up would give Anita a chance to stay home with the kids."
Yorio remembered Threet as an energetic man who seemed never to meet a stranger. He ended the eulogy asking the congregation to think of Threet every time they heard Johnny Cash, Threet's favorite singer.
In a more formal eulogy, 14 members of Theta Chi, Threet's fraternity at Morehead State University, stood to the right of his coffin as fraternity brother Fred McCarty spoke.
At the conclusion of the service, Bishop Ronald Gainer offered condolences to Threet's widow, saying, "You have good family, good friends to be at your side in the days ahead."
There will be another service for Threet at 1 p.m. today at Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home in Monticello, the town where Threet's parents, Collins and Sherry Threet, live.An extended family begins its goodbyes