Birty Hadnot Jr. was born on September 18, 1935, to the late Birty Hadnot Sr. and Selonia Smith Hadnot in Jasper Texas. Birty was educated in the Jasper Texas school system.
As a young man, Birty joined the U.S. Navy where he served honorably, retiring after twenty years of service. During his tenure in the Navy, he received many commendations and awards. He later retired from VEPCO upon completion of ten years of service and became a self-employed builder/carpenter of houses and furniture.
First and foremost, Birty loved Jehovah God. He dedicated his life to Jehovah and symbolized his dedication by water baptism in February 1979. He demonstrated his love for Jehovah by the way he lived his life. Birty was a man of few words, but when he spoke, people were inclined to listen. He was zealous in the ministry, teaching others about Jehovah and His Kingdom.
Birty has been a beloved member of several congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He has served as elder in the Villa Heights Congregation in Norfolk and until his death, in the Grassfield (formerly Broadmoor) Congregation in Chesapeake.
Birty was predeceased by four sisters and two brothers. In addition to his loving wife of 34 years, Julia M. Hadnot, Birty leaves to cherish his memory their children: Birty Hadnot III, Melvin Rollins (Bernice), Alonzo Mourning Jr, Renee Rollins, Felicia Hadnot, and Tamara Mourning-Hadnot; their grandchildren: Suzette Hadnot, Keisha Hadnot, Melvin Cherry, Tanya Shadley, Sherie Rollins, Sheldon Rollins, Alonzo Mourning III, Myka Mourning, Laci Mourning-Hadnot, Alijah Mourning, Avery Hoffler, and Ariel Hoffler; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.