05/05/2014 03:14 pm ET Updated May 06, 2014

Student Texts 'Goodbye Mama' In Final Message Right Before Tornado Strikes

A 22-year-old college student sent a final text to his mom moments before an April 27 tornado struck his house, KNWA reports.

Jeffrey Hunter was hiding in a bathroom in Vilonia, Ark. with his father and stepmother when the fatal twister hit. The father and stepmother were injured, but survived, while Hunter ultimately perished.

Hunter was a student at the University of Central Arkansas and worked at a general store 14 miles away from campus in Vilonia.

Regina Wood, Hunter's mother, was 20 miles from her son in Beebe, Ark. and could only communicate with him through text as an EF-4 tornado headed in his direction.

After the storm, Hunter was found lying unconscious on the ground amid the rubble.

"I kept saying are you okay? Are you okay? Let me know. Let me know. No answer," Wood told KNWA.

Funeral services were held for Hunter on Saturday.

"You've earned your wings my gentle son we will be together again. Everyone's heart hurts but I believe the healing will begin," Wood posted on Facebook Sunday, according to the New York Daily News.

Wood told KNWA that Hunter's final text is something she'll cherish: "That was the most precious thing a son could do for a mother."