Greensboro, N.C.--- Allen Cranford still remembers his last conversation with his brother-in-law David Gamble.
"He would always mentioned what trip he was going on next. He loved his job," Cranford said.
Gamble, a pilot for LabCorp for nearly five years died when his plane crashed in a softball field in Burlington Wednesday morning.
Investigators say he was in route for the company when the crash happened.
"We are all still in shock," Cranford said.
The family says the 57- year-old father of three has had a passion for flying since he was a teenager. Gamble, a graduate of Clemson University was an avid gardener, fisherman, and hunter.
"Dave always put others first. You know that's just him," Cranford said.
Gamble's actions have a lot of people calling him a hero. Investigators say Gamble avoided hitting dozens of homes near where his plane went down.
"There was a lady on Fox8 Ms. Bird that was quoted as saying he must have been a very special person to do something like that for us and that touched my sister," Cranford said.
The NTSB and the FAA will release a preliminary report on the crash in six months.
The family is planning a celebration of life service at the Centenary United Methodist Church on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.