Public Viewing: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at W.E. Lusain Funeral Home, 629 Goldwire Way SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35211.

Funeral Service: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at W.E. Lusain Funeral Home, 629 Goldwire Way SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35211. 

Damita Callens was born on July 25, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York to Carl and Bette Callens of Birmingham, AL, being the first of four children. She was baptized at Our Lady of Victory, a Catholic church in Brooklyn, NY. A short while after her baptism her family relocated to Rochester, NY. They later moved back to Birmingham where she attended Banks Elementary and Banks High Schools.

After graduating from Banks High School in 1981, she pursued higher education in Music Theory at Jefferson State Community College. Three years later she married and started a family while continuing to pursue her education at UAB.

Eventually, her path led her to a life of service in the church through music. Damita attended St. John Bosco in Woodlawn for several years. There, she was a volunteer music teacher at summer camps organized by the Salesians of Don Bosco. She sang in the church choir every Sunday and at the various celebrations of the parishioners' various life events. Damita also worked as a Teacher's Assistant at Our Lady of Fatima and St. Paul Catholic schools.

After her children were a bit older, she pursued a career as a Unit Secretary at UAB. She worked at UAB for 8 years until falling ill with breast cancer. She transitioned back to working with children part-time until she was no longer able to work.

Damita departed from this plane of existence on Friday January 3, 2020 after her long battle with breast cancer. She is survived by : her three children Kovac, Laquwanea, and Davion Johnson; her grandchildren Kovac, Keasia, and Hazel Johnson; siblings Carl Callens Jr., Jamal Callens, and Olita Meads; her parents Carl Callens Sr. and Betty Masuca; and many of her family and friends.

Professional services provided by W.E. Lusain Funeral Home and Crematory, Birmingham, Alabama. 

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