Bachelor in Art, Meredith College, 1946. Master of Education in Supervision and Administration, Clemson University, 1974.
Youth director St. John's Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1946-1947. Art teacher Raleigh (North Carolina) Public Schools, 1947-1949, East Mecklenberg High School, Charlotte, 1968-1969, D. W. Daniel High School, Central, South Carolina, 1970-1986. Art instructor University South Carolina, Columbia, 1966-1968.
Adjunct professor Clemson (South Carolina) University, 1991-1993. Artist-in-residence education program South Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia, 1991-2001. Owner Liz Smith-Cox Teaching Studio, 2006.
Volunteer worker, editor newsletter Pickens County Habitat for Humanity, Clemson, 1981-2005. Volunteer art teacher St. Andrew's Elementary School, Columbia, 1962-1968. Volunteer Habitat for Humanity Mission to Honduras, summers 1996-2004.
Trustee Friends of Lee Gallery, Clemson University, 2003-2009. Life deacon Baptist Church. Member South Carolina Art Education Association (president 1978, Lifetime Service award 1990, Lifetime Achievement in Art Education award 1995, Liz Smith-Cox scholar 2003), National Art Education Association (retired art educator affiliate, president 1994-1997, Distinguished Service award 1995, Electronic Gallery 1999-2006, Retired Art Educator of Year award 2000, Elizabeth's O'Neil Verner South Carolina Governor's award 2003), National Art Education Foundation (trustee 1996-2002, South Carolina Watercolor Society (Member with Excellence 1993), Upstate Visual Artists (Best in Show award).
Married John Edwin Smith, August 16, 1947 (deceased July 1992). Children: Shelley Hobson, Dale Henslee, John Edwin Junior. Married Headley Morris Cox Junior, December 30, 1994.