Don Miller “Hooley” (Child) & Betty Joyce Yancey (Spouse)

Don Miller “Hooley” & wife, Joyce


Don Miller Jeter, also known as “Horn-Blow Hooley” was born to Audrey Mozelle and  Sammy Jeter in 1922.  Along with his brother, Joe, Don grew up farming.  He also learned the soda fountain business in his Uncle Greaver’s drug store & pharmacy.  He was a band-man early on.

Young Don as Cooper band’s mascott

With younger brother, Joe at Bever’s Bend

Cooper Band’s Drum Major

In 1944, after graduating from Cooper High School, Don joined the US Army as a musician, where he served in France, entertaining the troops with the “Big Band” sound.

Chicago, 1945 Don & Aunt Edwina “Cindy”

After the war, Don attended ETSU (Texas A&M at Commerce).  While there he teamed with high school chums, Lafalco Robinson and Bobby Wickersham, in their own band.  He graduated with a degree in Music.  He married Joyce Yancey and they had six children, Stan Michael, Kim Denise, Mark Steven, Cynthia Ann, James Bradley and Penny Lynn.  He was band director at Linden, Magnolia and Corpus Christi  high schools.  Don died in 1989 from heart trouble.