Tiffany Porter was just getting started on a new job and a new life in Nashville, Tenn., when it all ended Wednesday.
The 28-year-old native of Eutaw, Ala., had just changed jobs and was training for her position with the Vein Guys when she died in a fiery plane crash in Thomson along with four of her co-workers.
“She felt that God was calling her to a different place,” lifelong friend Katie Cannon said. “She really liked Nashville and liked the company she was working for. She was very excited about starting work and moving up there.”
Cannon said she and Porter grew up together in the tiny town of Eutaw, about 30 miles southwest of Tuscaloosa. In 2002, Porter graduated from Warrior Academy, where she excelled in athletics, Cannon said.
“She played basketball, softball, volleyball and ran track,” she said.
After attaining a degree from Virginia College, Cannon said, her friend moved to Albany, Ga., where she worked at medical offices. Her last day at work with Albany Vascular Specialist Center was Feb. 15. She began work with the Vein Guys on Monday.
“She was just truly a beautiful, beautiful girl inside and out,” her friend said. “She was very outgoing, funny and quick-witted.”
Tara Porter said she last saw her sister at Christmas.
“We had an awesome time,” she said. “We sat around playing games and laughed until we cried.”
She said her sister was close to their parents, Tommy and Tammy Porter, and managed to call her mother at least once a day.
In addition to her family, Porter leaves behind a teacup Chihuahua, Flirt, and a cat, Siler, whom she had acquired on a whim recently.
“She doesn’t even like cats, but she saw a picture, fell in love and spent $800 on a cat,” her sister said.
Tiffany was always ready for something new, such as piano lessons she had started this past year, her sister said.
“She was just in love with life and wanted to experience it all,” she said.
The family said funeral arrangements were not yet completed.