Bart Frederick's trip to Atlanta yesterday was part of his plan for the future.
The 41-year-old had a long history in Kentucky -- his parents lived in Owensboro, he attended the University of Kentucky and he lived for years in Danville -- but his family recently decided to move to the Atlanta area for his job in pharmaceutical sales.
Frederick took the early morning Comair Flight 5191 to coordinate relocation plans, his friends said.
"That's what this trip was all about," said Rick Hempel, who lived across the street from the Fredericks for 10 years.
The two men played golf together, attended church together and worked together. Their families had joint birthday parties. Frederick was a family man, through and through, his friend said, always talking about his three children.
"He was really involved with his kids, and was a really good dad," Hempel said, recalling how Frederick built Legos and made time for his kids' sports games. "They're just the sweetest family."
But Frederick also made time for his own hobbies, including a small vineyard next to his house, and woodworking that would show up around the house.
"His house was like a stamp of what he did with things," Hempel said. "What a neat guy."