Don Miller was born in Sassafras,
Kentucky, on December 10, 1929, to Luther and Ella Hale Miller. When
Don was three, his family moved to Red Fox, Kentucky (Hale’s
Branch). Don attended school at Breeding’s Creek Elementary through
the fifth grade and Carr Creek Elementary for the sixth grade. For
seventh grade through graduation, he attended Carr Creek High
Don started playing
basketball in the sixth grade and played two years on Carr Creek’s
Junior Varsity team. He started for the Varsity team when he reached
high school and played all four years. He made the all-district and
all-regional teams as a freshman. Don also really enjoyed academics.
He was the senior class valedictorian in 1948. He had a wonderful,
memorable senior year: the new gym was completed and Carr Creek went
to the State Tournament in Louisville, Ky.
Carr Creek won three
games, and Don, along with cousin Bill Morton, made all-state. He
also played in the annual Kentucky versus Indiana All-Star game in
Don attended Morehead
State University on a full basketball scholarship, and started all
four years while being named All-Ohio Valley Conference. He received
his B.A. Degree from Morehead State in 1952.
Don taught school and
coached three years at Trimble County and Anderson County High
Schools in Kentucky. He returned to Morehead State on a fellowship
and received his Master’s Degree in 1956. In the fall of 1956, he
accepted a teaching and coaching position at Pfeiffer College in
Meisenheimer, North Carolina, where he stayed four years. Then he
taught at Asbury College, in Wilmore, Kentucky, for five years. In
1966, Dr. Adrian Doran, President of Morehead State University,
called Don back to teach full time. Three years later Dr. Doran
granted Don a paid sabbatical to attend Indiana University to
complete his Doctorate in Education. He focused on an emphasis in
the instruction of student teachers and graduate students. Don
received his Doctorate in Education in 1972, and supervised over 600
student teachers and more than 800 graduate students. Most of his
students were from Eastern Kentucky, a place Don remembers fondly.
“Eastern Kentucky is my
former home,” Don says. “It’s a place I shall always hold close to
Don married Sue Carol
Watts on Derby Day, May 5, 1951. She had been his head cheerleader,
a role she learned well from her school days at Carr Creek. Sue
encouraged him to continue the educational process and to write both
The Carr Creek Legacy and The Over Time Kids. The
couple continues to be ambassadors for Carr Creek academics,
basketball and their beloved mountain heritage.
Don and Sue have three
children: Donnie Carroll (Sherry), Angela Kim (Doug) and Terry
Michael (Karen). They have six granddaughters and one grandson: Erin
and Sarah (Donnie), Caitlin and Erica (Kim), and Gabrielle, Rachael,
and Seth (Terry). The whole family currently resides in Lexington,
Don had two brothers,
Sherrill (deceased ’07) and Winford “Wink” Miller. All three of the
“Miller Boys” played basketball for Carr Creek High School.
Don and Sue are members of
Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.