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Donna Black Hite

September 3, 1944 — February 17, 2023

Donna (Black Hawkins) Hite. age 78 of Vestavia Hills, AL, entered the final stage of her eternal life with God from home on February 17, 2023. She waged a valiant fight with Alzheimer’s over the last years. She maintained her brilliant smile and sweet disposition until the end.

She was preceded in death by her parents Pete and Polly Black, her sister Diane Martin, one grandchild Mia Hite, and multiple other relatives. She is survived by her husband Harold Hite, her daughter Jennifer (Victor III) Atkins, her step-sons Brian (Jenny) Hite and Preston (Janelle) Hite as well as grandchildren Victor Atkins IV, Ellefair Atkins, Archer Atkins, Evan Hite, Karis Hite, Logan Hite, Nathan Hite, and Owen Hite.

Donna was born in Birmingham, graduated with the first full Banks High School class, and, although she traveled all over the world, never had a home address outside Jefferson County AL. Many of her travels were as she assisted her first husband Don Hawkins with his travel business. Her favorite cruises were Alaska and through the Panama Canal. Her favorite land based trips were to the Holy Land and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her last international trip was with Harold as they escorted Evan to spend much of the summer with his Bulgarian grandparents followed by a Danube River cruise from Bulgaria through Hungary. She also enjoyed traveling to the Gulf Coast to sit by the beach and listen to the waves. She was active with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra organizations and supporting Birmingham Southern College but her favorite activity was her service to her Lord including many years as Communion Steward at Canterbury United Methodist Church. She and Harold met at Canterbury and they will have their cremains interred at the Canterbury Columbarium.

There will be a celebration of life at the Canterbury Sanctuary at 11AM on Saturday February 25, 2023. Visitation will new at 9:30 in the Canterbury Chapel where she enjoyed worshiping in the Sunday morning service which included communion each week. The family would like to thank the caregivers who showed love as they cared for Donna in the last stages of her life - Isha Hill, Sherry Joes, Lesha Lewis, LaToya McHenry, Anne Njuguna, and Jami Square - and Aveana Hospice which provided medical care.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your favorite charity in Donna’s name or to Canterbury

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Visitation

Saturday, February 25, 2023

9:30 - 11:00 am

Canterbury United Methodist Church

350 Overbrook Road, Mountain Brook, AL 35213

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, February 25, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm

Canterbury United Methodist Church

350 Overbrook Road, Mountain Brook, AL 35213

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