Cory D. Webb Hester, age 27, of Austin passed from this earthly life on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Austin.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Emanuel Chapel United Methodist Church in Brownwood with burial to follow at the Bangs Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early. A wake will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

He was born Aug. 17, 1981, in Brownwood, the son of Shelia Webb Washington and Ralph Hester. He moved to Austin when he was 4 years old and attended Reagan High School and later got his GED. He loved to work on automobiles and install electronic equipment. Cory was extremely friendly to everyone and was known to show respect to his elders by saying “yes sir” and “yes ma’am.” He was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be missed greatly.

Cory leaves behind to cherish his memory, his mother, Shelia Washington of Austin, his father, Ralph Hester of Abilene; five sisters, Tiffany Washington, Bridgett Hester, Britah Hester, Brandit Hester, and Tapila Pegginans.; a brother, Luriel Washington Jr.; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by Betty Hester, who helped raise him, Ella Hester, and Eddie Webb Sr.

Friends may sign the guestbook at www.heartland