Barry's Genealogy Diary

This online genealogical diary is hosted by Barry T. Self. It is primarily for information pertaining to the SELF surname, more particularly for descendants of John J. and Lydia Avaline Waters Self, who were married in Union County, GA in 1851. Barry Self is the SELF proclaimed family genealogist and historian, having spent over 20 years researching this Self line. This diary is dedicated to preserving and sharing the findings of his research.

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Location: Madisonville, Tennessee, United States

I am married to a wonderful and sweet wife, Svitlana, who is from Ukraine and we have a beautiful daughter, Lydia Elizabeth. I have worked in the funeral business since 1988 and thoroughly enjoy researching my family roots.

Friday, September 29, 2017


Charles Robin Brown, age 49, of Maryville, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 23, 2017. He is survived by his daughters, Carrie Ann Brown and Lillian Brown; granddaughter, Annabelle Whaley; parents, Charles R. Brown and Vina Lou Janeway Brown; sisters, Brenda Prather, Joyce Janeway, Chesney Thomas, and Cydney Waltermeyer; brothers, John Janeway, Craig Brown, Gabe Brown, and Aaron Brown; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside service and interment will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, September 29, 2017 at Maple Grove Cemetery, with Rev. Gabe Brown officiating. Family and friends may come by the funeral home from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, TN. (865) 982-6041


The annual Self family Reunion was held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Pearson Springs Rotary Pavilion in Maryville, TN. A few photos of those who attended are shown here. Approximately 65 attended this year. Some of the photos could not be posted due to the poor quality. The camera was not working well part of the time and some photos were not good enough to post. I do apologize if you were there, but your photo is not included here.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017


Karen Marie Loveday Hartgrove, 44 of Maryville passed away August 29th 2017. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, James Sanford Self and Ola Mae Connatser Self of Louisville, A.C. Loveday and Ellen Plemmons Loveday of Wildwood. Karen is survived by her three beautiful children, Morgan, James and Madi Hartgrove and estranged husband Todd Hartgrove. She is also leaving behind her parents, Marvin Loveday and Phyllis Self Loveday; brother, Brent Loveday and his wife Janie Valentine Loveday; sister, Lenita Loveday Huntley and her husband Joshua Huntley; nephew, Chad Loveday and his wife Elizabeth; great-niece, Evie Loveday; niece and nephew, Martina and Grayson Huntley. A viewing and visitation for friends and family will be held on Tuesday September 5th at the Life Event Center behind Smith Funeral and Cremation Service from 5:00 until 7:00. Family and close friends are welcome to attend as Karen is laid to rest at Sherwood Memorial on Wednesday September 6th at 2:30 in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the victims of Hurricane Harvey at Arrangements by Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, 865-983-1000

Saturday, July 29, 2017


 Malachi Douglas Self was born at 7:03 p.m. on April 27, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the son of Andrew and Tracie Self. He weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. and was 21 inches long at birth. Below is a photo of Malachi and his father, Andrew Self. Congratulations to Andrew and Tracie. We welcome Malachi to the Self family.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Adra Vashti Cooper married Jonathan Henry Ludwig in an outdoor ceremony at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Barn at Faith Farms in Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee. Adra is the daughter of Ronnie and Mollie White Cooper of Madisonville, Tennessee. She is the granddaughter of the late Willard and Ersie Self Cooper. Congratulations to Adra and Jonathan. This photo is from the wedding invitation. A wedding photo will be added soon.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Nolan James Purdy was born Thursday May 11, 2017 at 2:05 P.M.

He is the son of Steven and Cheree Self Purdy of Lenoir City, TN.

He is the grandson of Kenneth and Susan Self of Maryville, TN and 
Ed and Shelly Purdy of Lenoir City, TN. He is the great grandson of Shizuko Davis,  J.L. and Edna Self of Maryville, TN. and Rev. David and Pat Latham of Lenoir City, TN. He is the great grandson of Juanita Gardner of  Lenoir city, TN.

He weighed  9 lbs. 7 oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long at birth.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017


William C. Hancox Jr. age 80 of Alcoa, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Kindred Healthcare – Fairpark. He was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church and loved the Tellico Mountains. William graduated from Porter High School. He worked in bakeries in Knoxville and retired from BTR. He loved working on cars and teaching the neighborhood boys how to work on them. Preceded in death by: Parents, William “W.C.” & Anna Hancox; Son, Billy Hancox. Survivors include: Wife, Polly  Self Hancox; Daughter, Laurie Wood; Grandson, Will Breeden. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 or Oak Street Baptist Church 218 Oakdale Street, Maryville, TN 37801 in memory of Bill Hancox. Family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Smith Trinity Chapel. Funeral service will be at 7:00 PM with Rev. Keith Ross and Rev. Jed Emert officiating. Family and friends will assemble for interment at 10:00 AM, Friday, March 31, 2017 at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, TN. 865-983-1000,

Friday, March 24, 2017


Virl Eugene (Gene) Self, of Maryville, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017, at the age of 85. Gene was a long time member of New Providence Primitive Baptist Church and was retired from A.L.C.O.A. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Maysel Hill Self; son, Ronald Lamar Self of Maryville; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Brenda Self of Maryville, Randall and Ingrid Self of Joao Pessoa, Brazil; granddaughter, Tabatha Wilson and husband Randy; grandsons, Adam and Ethan Self all of Maryville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy and Bob Hubbard, Mildred and Ken Potter. Gene loved being outdoors and in later years enjoyed working in his yard, especially with his roses.

Services will be held at New Providence Primitive Baptist in Maryville, Tennessee on Friday, March 24, 2017 with receiving friends from 1:00-2:30 pm, funeral at 2:30 pm with burial to follow in the Church cemetery. Ministers Tommy Self and Steve Whitehead officiating.