Bryson Burks Obituary Keller TX, Howard Payne University football and baseball player passed away suddenly

Bryson Burks, a multi-talented athlete, student leader, and founder of the Kidney Head Foundation, has left a lasting impact on the Howard Payne University community and beyond. His untimely passing at the age of 20, just hours before his birthday, has left family, friends, and the aHUS global family mourning the loss of a remarkable young man.

Born to Chris Johnson Burks and grandson of Trish Johnson from Tupelo, Mississippi, Bryson was not just a dedicated sportsman but also a compassionate soul. His love for baseball and football at Howard Payne University made him a cherished member of the athletic community. Yet, Bryson’s story goes beyond the fields and courts – it intertwines with a profound commitment to helping others, inspired by the challenges his family faced during his father’s battle with kidney disease.

Bryson’s journey with Kidney Head began as a response to the life-altering lessons he and his mother learned during his father Brett’s struggle with kidney disease. Losing his father at the tender age of 10 fueled Bryson’s determination to make a difference in the lives of those grappling with similar challenges. The focus of Kidney Head was clear – to provide support to children with kidney disease undergoing dialysis, a mission fueled by Bryson’s firsthand understanding of the stress and pain his father endured.

Kidney Head became a beacon of hope, conceived from Bryson’s selflessness, compassion, and unwavering ambition. The foundation reflects his desire to create better lives for others facing health adversities. His legacy is not just a story of personal triumph over tragedy but a testament to the positive impact one person can have on the lives of many.

Bryson’s influence extended beyond the realm of philanthropy. In August 2023, he was invited to attend the 100th anniversary of the Kiwanis Club in Brownwood, Texas, where he had the opportunity to connect with influential figures, including Governor Abbott’s assistant, a senator, a state representative, and the mayor. Notably, Bryson’s induction into the Kiwanis Club marked him as the youngest member in the history of the club.

At Howard Payne University, Bryson’s leadership qualities shone brightly. Named the Student Government Vice President, he demonstrated a commitment to service that went beyond the athletic field. His role as the leader of Howard Payne University’s prestigious moot court and mock trial team showcased his dedication to academic excellence and the pursuit of justice.

Bryson’s impact reached far beyond the confines of his university and foundation. His infectious spirit, resilience, and compassionate heart left an indelible mark on everyone he encountered. The outpouring of love and grief following the announcement of his passing is a testament to the profound connections he forged and the lives he touched.

As we remember Bryson Burks, we reflect not only on the achievements of a talented athlete and student leader but on the enduring legacy of kindness, empathy, and service that he leaves behind. In his short but impactful life, Bryson showed us the power of turning personal adversity into a force for good, and his memory will undoubtedly continue to inspire and uplift those who strive to make a positive difference in the world.