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artist , writer

Jo Karen Kobeck Williams, American artist, writer.


Williams, Jo Karen Kobeck was born on April 10, 1944 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, United States. Daughter of William Horatio and Ethel Marie (Hendrix) Kobeck.


Certified in drafting, Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College, 1974. Certified in engineering graphics, University Tennessee, 1975. Certified in drafting, Mountain Empire Community College, 1980.


Advertising assistant Rogers, Inc., Florence, Alabama, 1966-1967. Drafter Litton Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi, 1972-1974. Drafter, illustrator Cities Service Company, Copperhill, Tennessee, 1974-1978.

Design drafter Westmoreland Coal Company, Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 1978-1988. Design drafter, neon designer and illustrator Designs by Jo, East Stone Gap, 1983—1997. Independent consultant Mary Kay Cosmetics, since 2001.


Member Copper Basin Redevelopment Design Council, 1975-1977. Lecturer Take off Pounds Sensibly, Appalachia, Virginia, 1985-1987, 93-94, Coeburn, Virginia, 1999-2006. Active Friends of Library., Big Stone Gap, 1988.

Board directors H.E.L.P. Center, Big Stone Gap, 1988. President Virginia Family and Community Education, 1991-1998. Election officer District 3, Wise County, 1996, 97.

Member Christian Church.


  • Other Interests

    Photography, wildlife rehabilitation, decorative artist.


Married J.R. Benson, 1963 (divorced 1974). Children: Pamela Jo Benson Robinson, Anita Marie Benson Bosaw. Married Luther Williams, 2006.

William Horatio Kobeck

Ethel Marie (Hendrix) Kobeck

J.R. Benson

Luther Williams

Pamela Jo Benson Robinson Williams

Anita Marie Benson Bosaw Williams