In Memory of John Burris
by Ron Sellers
“No family! No friends!” bemoaned a despondent John some 15+ years ago. Hope escaped him. Sadness enveloped him. But Jesus changed him. Certain circumstances and challenges did not change but in Christ he learned to cope. This church and a few others walked alongside him. Joining the Sunday morning Greeting Team and a small group, John interacted with others in a deepening way. He made friends at Avenue Station and the Dialysis clinic.
After his death and on the day of his interment at Houston National Cemetery, county officials were shocked. Usually no relatives means that only vets assigned for duty to do the military honors ceremony are present. However, this Wednesday morning a long line of cars in procession respectfully move toward the graveside. They double park and then the Impact family gathers to sing and pray and bid a temporary farewell to their friend. See ya soon, John.