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.

Saturday, November 17, 2018


HARMON, Doneta Jo, age 64, of Sweetwater, Tennessee passed away 9:40 A.M. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at her home. She is preceded in death by parents James & Thelma Self Jones, sister Linda Duncan, brothers Billy and Terry Jones. Survivors, Husband, Roy Lee Harmon; Daughters & sons-in-law, Shanan & Norman Lettieri, April & Joseph Lynn, Laura & Jason Wilkerson; Grandchildren: Shelby Elmore, Brodi Lynn, Jaylen Wilkerson, Joseph & Dakota Lettieri; Great- grandchildren: Ava and Addalynn Lettieri; Siblings, Bobby Jones, Gail Chambers, Barbara Gossage, Joyce Bidwell, Teresa Jones, Debbie Bahr; Several nieces & nephews. Graveside service & interment 2:30 P.M. Saturday, Forkners Chapel Cemetery, Rev. Kurt Presley officiating. Family will receive friends 1-2 PM Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Friday, July 27, 2018


Dolores Lucille (Brown) Johnson “Dee” age 84 of Lenoir City, TN,passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Wood Presbyterian Home in Sweetwater.

Dolores was born to the late John Washington and Mary Lydia (Shirk) Brown in Loudon, TN. She graduated Loudon High School and completed business courses before marrying her husband of 44 years, James Ralph Johnson (1999). While she and Jim lived in the Nashville area she enjoyed catering for many public functions. She also was a very talented painter, focusing her work on porcelain and china. She enjoyed membership with the Tennessee China Painters and the Painting Pals Guild of Nashville. Following the death of her husband, she returned to her hometown area where Dolores was a member of First Baptist Church, Lenoir City and a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her parents and husband, Dolores was preceded in death by her son, James Randall Johnson.

Survivors include her son and wife, Bryan Scott (Dora) Johnson; granddaughter, Hannah Lynn Loucille Johnson; brother and sister in-law, John L. “Injun” Brown (Willie), all of Lenoir City, sisters and brothers in-law, Joyce (Tom) Lusby, Loudon, Nancy B. Gossage, Gallatin and Linda and (Dr. Jim) Evans, Loudon; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services honoring and remembering Dolores Johnson will be held 7:30 PM Thursday, July 26th, McGill Click Chapel. Rev. Russ Stephens officiating.

Interment 11:00 AM graveside Friday in New Gray Cemetery, Western Ave., Knoxville.

The family will receive friends 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Thursday prior to the service at McGill Click Funerals & Cremations, 1366 Hwy 72 N, Loudon, TN.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


SELF, ARMENDA, age 86, of Vonore, Tennessee, widow of J.R. Self, passed away 4:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the home of her son, Donnie. She was a member of Citico Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Henderson and Sallie King; sisters, Bertha Patton, Offie Patton, Dovie Millsaps; brother, Leonard King; half-sisters, Gladys Duncan, Annie Millsaps; half-brothers, Elmer Woods, Roscoe Woods. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Donnie and Marcia Self, Gordon and Penny Self, of Vonore; grandchildren, Ben Self, Atlanta, GA, Sarah and Brannon Davis and Dustin Self; great-grandson, Weston Davis, of Vonore; sister, Faye Dunlap, of Maryville; half-sisters, Freida Gunter, of Madisonville, Mary Garrett; half-brother, Brodus King, of Vonore; several nieces and nephews. Funeral 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Dustin Self, Rev. David Lane officiating. Interment 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Citico Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Betty Lou (Brown) Oody, age 74 of Loudon, Tennessee passed away Tuesday, February 27th at her home with her family by her side. Betty was a member of New Macedonia Baptist Church. For more than 25 years she co-owned and co-operated B & J cleaning services with her best friend, Jenny Curtis. She enjoyed flower gardening, and loved her family and friends. When you visited her home, you were well cared for and when you left, she made sure your clothes were clean and your belly was full. Most of all, she loved her Lord Jesus.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Mary (Gourley) Brown; brothers, Leroy Brown and Ralph Brown; sisters, Ruth Smith, Jenney Snow, Florence Brown and Edna Brown; brother-in-law, James "Darb" Oody. Betty is survived by her loving husband, Wayne Oody; sons and daughters-in- law; Doug and Wilma Brown, Steve Oody, Joey and Delores Oody; grandchildren; Chad and Shay Oody, Haleigh Oody, Joseph Potter, Hope Oody, Ashley Oody, Emily Oody and boyfriend, Holden Woods, Chad and Kasey Fairless; great grandchildren, Bryer, Baylor, Sebastyn, Kenzie and Ethan; sister, Sarah “Cotton” Runyon; brother-in-law and sisters-in law, Herbert and Pat Oody and Linda Oody.

Services honoring and remembering Betty will be held 7 PM Friday March 2 at the New Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Chad Oody officiating. Serving as pallbearers. Brad Brown, Kevin Brown, Chad Oody, Chad Fairless, Chris Oody, Jason Oody, Jeff Oody and Robby Oody. Interment will be 11 AM Saturday in Valley View Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Friday prior to the service at the church. McGill Click Funerals & Cremations, 1366 Highway 72 North, Loudon, TN in charge of arrangements

Saturday, February 17, 2018


CROWDEN, Bentley Matthew, 3 days old, of the Ballplay Community, Vonore, Tennessee, passed away 6:17 a.m. Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Childrens Hospital. Heaven has gained another angel.
Survivors, parents: Jonathan & Whitney Crowden; grandparents: Ray & Kim Gourley, Johnny & Teresa Crowden, Nana Lisa Belcher; great grandparents: Linda Gourley, Roy Crowden, Jackie Strickland, Barbara Kirkland, Reece & Carolyn Williams; aunts and uncles, Angie Willix, Austin & Katelyn Gourley, Dale & Cindy Gourley, William & Missie Gourley, Elizabeth & Aprille Crowden; cousins: Jayden, Nathan & River Gourley, Garrett Giese, Kylie Harrill, Brandon & Kassie Robinette, Fisher & Paisley Robinette, Hunter Gourley. Preceded in death by great grandparents Benny Gourley, Minnie Crowden, Geneva Williams & Hub Belcher and aunt Pam Strickland. Funeral 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Rafter Friends Church, Rev. Dennis Wiseman officiating. Interment in church cemetery. Family will receive friends 2-3 p.m. Tuesday at Rafter Friends Church. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plain, TN.


BREEDEN, GEORGE (G.C.), age 85, of Vonore, Tennessee passed away 10:20 a.m. Sunday, February 11, 2018 at his home. He was the son of the late Nelson and Harriet Breeden and was preceded in death by 4 sisters and 4 brothers. He retired as owner/operator of East Tennessee Excavating. Member of New Macedonia Baptist Church and attended Union Fork Creek Baptist Church. Survivors:

wife of 63 years, Charlotte Breeden; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Carl Self;

son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Jasmine Breeden, of Vonore; grandchildren, Staci and Eddie Dean, Tiffany Breeden, Lacie and Brandon Duncan, Katelyn and Austin Gourley, Apollo Breeden, Cory and Jordan Treadwell; 8 great-grandchildren; special friends, Teresa Breeden and Bob Keenan, of Vonore.

Funeral 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Deidra Crosby, Rev. Donnie Houston, Rev. Tommy Self officiating. Interment 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


CARROLL EDWARD TUCKER, age 94, of Tellico Plains, Tennessee, passed away 7:14 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 at Madisonville Health and Rehab. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired concrete finisher. He was preceded in death by wife, Prudie Crowder Tucker on February 6, 2010; parents, Jobe and Grace Hollingshead Tucker; sister, Birdie Veal; brothers, Creed and Delano Tucker; step-son, Jim Crowder. Survivors: daughter, Carolyn McKenzie, of Madisonville;
sons, and daughter-in-law, Michael Tucker, Melvin and Teresa Tucker, of Tellico Plains; grandchildren, Shane Roller, Kassandra and Felisha Harris, Tiffany Moser,
Jeremiah Tucker, Cheryl Russell, Missy, Josh, and Amanda Crowder;
great-grandchildren, Charles and Matthew Ferguson, Alex Roller, Landyn Watson,
Bryan Roller, Triniti and Samuel Tucker, Enora and Evie Moser, Jacob Brinkley;
brothers and sister-in-law, Truman and Becky Tucker, of Dayton, Reed Tucker, of Tellico Plains; several nieces and nephews. Funeral 8:00 p.m. Monday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Ollie Lankford officiating. Interment 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Piney Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 5156, D.A.V. Chapter 93 and American Legion Post 106. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, Tennessee.