Obituary for Linda Joyce Caston (Jackson)
Linda Joyce Caston’s earthly journey ended February 12, 2018. Linda was born in DeQuincy, Louisiana May 2, 1950 to Amos and Emily Mae Jackson. She left DeQuincy as a young adult to raise her beautiful daughter, Yokeshia, and live life on her own terms. In Dallas, she met James, with whom she married and shared 16 years, and had Tamika and James, Jr. Linda, known as “Joy Jackson” to her friends and family in Louisiana, was a housewife turned insurance and single mom expert. When she learned she would become a grandmother in 1995, her tenure as Grammy of the Year began (she won the award every year). Linda was “Grammy” to Joie and Izaiah, the latter of whom came along in 2004. Once both grandbabies were in one city, Houston, Linda uprooted her whole life to be near and help raise them. She resided in the Houston area until her return to her heavenly home.
Linda instilled a deep, unshakeable love of God in her children, and inspired it in others by her many acts of kindness. She spent time as a CASA volunteer, acting as court appointed specialty advocate for children who had experienced abuse or neglect, and were in transitional situations due to no fault of their own. She was a
member of the Jesus Movement, and was guided by the principles of love, justice, and truth.
Linda was faithful and fiercely protective of her family. Even when deep into her illness, she had faith that God was in control. When asked how she felt her situation, she said she thanked God for having given her a good life and a beautiful family who she loved and that loved her in return. She taught her children that it is important to have positive, encouraging people around you and to get rid of the “joy takers.” She was a joy instigator.
Linda was beautiful, honorable, and had a great sense of humor--she was a force with which to be reckoned. She inspired other women to be independent, to love themselves deeply, and to never ever settle for less. She educated herself through her voracious appetite for reading, and her consistent pursuit of learning. She was
incredibly wise and was always open to sharing her wisdom with others. She loved music, and was a great singer and dancer. She loved to travel, dance on the beach, and watch crime shows. Her laughter was infectious, her sense of humor and wit, impeccable.
In her last year of life, she witnessed a daughter graduate from graduate school, her granddaughter graduate from university, danced on Frenchmen Street, walked through light installations in Discovery Green, saw Willie Nelson in concert, watched numerous cases be solved on Criminal Minds and Blue Bloods, ate tons of delicious homemade food that she didn’t have to prepare, and spent quality time at festivals, movies, and house parties with all of her children and grandchildren. When her body was forgetting how to take care of itself, her mind and her heart always remembered her children, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, a gift for which we are immensely
Linda is joining her ancestors who have preceded her in death, including amongst others, her mother and father, Emily Mae and Amos Jackson, and brothers, Phillip Carrier and Edward Jackson. She is survived by her brothers, Amos Jackson, Jr. and Michael Jackson, her children, Yokeshia Caston, Tamika Caston-Miller, and James Caston, Jr, her grandchildren, Joie Hernandez Caston and Izaiah Caston, and many other beloved family members.
Her life will be celebrated Saturday, February 17, 2016. The viewing will begin at 11:00 am, preceding her memorial services at 12 noon, which will be held at Integrity Funeral Care. The burial will immediately follow at the Historic Hollywood Cemetery.
Flowers may be sent to Integrity Funeral Care, 3915 Dacoma, Suite E, Houston, Texas 77009.