Linda Blackstock

September 20, 1946November 28, 2018

Funeral services for Linda (Pope) Blackstock, 71, of Tyler scheduled for Visitation 6:00- 8:00 P.M., Friday, November 30, 2018 at Lloyd James Funeral Home. Graveside service with Bro. Jamie Eitson officiating will be Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2:00 for the family at the Starrville Cemetery.

Linda is the owner of Cox's Grill in Tyler, Texas. She made everyone that came in to the grill feel like family and always greeted you with a smile, as she stood behind the counter. Linda never turned away anyone! She always fed the homeless if they came in. Linda had a special passion for her family and it was a joy for her to work with them and share her special table with family and friends. Linda was a loving wife, sister, aunt, great aunt. She was adored by many great-nieces and great-nephews. Linda passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Tyler.

Linda was born in Gladewater, Texas on September 20, 1946 to John O'Brian Pope and Gladys Sue Word Pope of Starrville, Texas. She attended Winona High School and was a member of Sylvania Baptist Church in Tyler.

Survivors includes: brothers of Tyler, Texas, Rickey Pope and Tommy Pope. Six sisters of Tyler: Janell Pope, Judy Sumrall, Nancy Garza, Wanda Kersh, Sherry Garza and Tina Adams. One step-daughter, Melanie Blackstock. Nieces: Jamie Johnson, Amber Garza, Melissa Hill, Angie Nick, Wendy Hampton, Kristan Eitel, Susie Kimbrough, Becky Wood, Amanda Sumrall, Deanna Brown, Jessica Baylock, Heather Nipp, Paige Heath, Wendy Pope, Becky Darst, Brandi Hendley, and Cynthia Riley. Nephews: Sammy Sumrall, Toby Sumrall, Scotty Pope, Elvis Kersh, Jr., Evan Kersh, Stephen Pope, Mathew Pope, David Pope, John Pope, Robert Pope and Southern Pope.

She was preceded in death by husband Ron Blackstock, father John O'Brian Pope, mother Gladys Sue Word Pope, brothers Bobby Pope, Jerry Pope, Johnny Pope, and Jimmy Pope.

Pallbearers will be Nephews: Stephen Pope, Mathew Pope, Sammy Sumrall, Toby Sumrall, Scotty Pope, Evan Kersh, John Pope, Robert Pope, Southern Pope.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Rickey Pope, Tommy Pope, Rickey Garza, Alan Adams and Sam Sumrall.


  • John O'Brian Pope, Father
  • Gadys Sue Pope, Mother
  • Ron Blackstock, Husband
  • Melanie Blackstock, Step-daughter
  • Bobby Pope, Brother
  • Jerry Pope, Brother
  • Johnny Pope, Brother
  • Jimmy Pope, Brother
  • Rickey Pope, Brother
  • Tommy Pope, Brother
  • Janell Pope, Sister
  • Judy Sumrall, Sister
  • Nancy Garza, Sister
  • Wanda Kersh, Sister
  • Sherry Garza, Sister
  • Tina Adams, Sister
  • Jamie Johnson, Niece
  • Amber Garza, Niece
  • Melissa Hill, Niece
  • Angie Nick, Niece
  • Wendy Hampton, Niece
  • Kristan Eitel, Niece
  • Susie Kimbrough, Niece
  • Becky Wood, Niece
  • Amanda Sumrall, Niece
  • Deanna Brown, Niece
  • Jessica Baylock, Niece
  • Heather Nipp, Niece
  • Paige Heath, Niece
  • Wendy Pope, Niece
  • Becky Darst, Niece
  • Brandi Hendley, Niece
  • Cynthia Riley, Niece
  • Sammy Sumrall, Nephew
  • Toby Sumrall, Nephew
  • Scotty Pope, Nephew
  • Elvis Kersh Jr., Nephew
  • Evan Kersh, Nephew
  • Stephen Pope, Nephew
  • Matthew Pope, Nephew
  • David Pope, Nephew
  • John Pope, Nephew
  • Robert Pope, Nephew
  • Southern Pope, Nephew

  • Stephen Pope
  • Matthew Pope
  • Sammy Sumrall
  • Toby Sumrall
  • Scotty Pope
  • Evan Kersh
  • John Pope
  • Robert Pope
  • Southern Pope
  • Rickey Pope, Honorary
  • Tommy Pope, Honorary
  • Rickey Garza, Honorary
  • Alan Adams, Honorary
  • Sam Sumrall, Honorary


  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Family Graveside Service Saturday, December 1, 2018

Linda Blackstock

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Debbie Stafford

December 13, 2018

I just want to let Linda's family know how sorry David and I are for the loss of sweet Linda. I just now have found out about her passing.
She and Ron were the sweetest neighbors, and I have such fond memories of just visiting with them both. I feel so bad that I did not know. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie and David Stafford

Bill Lamar

December 10, 2018

There was always something special about Cox's Grill. It wasn't the decor or even the menu. It was Linda and her family. We moved to Tyler in 1984 and began eating at Cox's regularly. Our daughter basically grew up in the restaurant and the friendships that were born there have been so important to our family. And all of it stemmed from Linda, who ran the show with grace and hospitality. We miss her.