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, 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.

Monday, February 06, 2017


Carl Elliot Dean has arrived. He was born Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, TN. He is the son of Eddie and Staci Self Dean of Madisonville, TN. He
is the grandson of Carl and Pam Self and Diane Dean-Sowards of Vonore, TN. He weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 inches long at birth.

Friday, January 13, 2017


UNDERWOOD, VIRGINIA (GEN) WALKER, age 62, of Tellico Plains, TN, passed away 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Sweetwater Hospital. She was preceded in death by parents, Roy and Mary Dovie Walker; grandparents, Ernest and Luana Duncan Miller; Viola McKenzie; nephews, Michael Fain and Dale Gourley. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Jamie and Ashley Underwood; sister and brother-in-law, Martha Lou and Harry Fain; brother, Charles Walker, all of Tellico Plains; special nephew and nieces, Zachary and Lesha Taylor, Elexus Fain; Jamie’s father, Homer Underwood, of Tellico Plains. Funeral  7:00 p.m. Thursday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Arthur Andrew Moser, Rev. Richard Self officiating. Interment 11:00 a.m. Friday, Citico Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN. ( Virginia Walker's mother, Mary Dovie Walker, died on December 6, 2016. See her obituary on this blog.)


WALKER, MARY DOVIE MILLER, age 85, of Tellico Plains, TN, widow of Roy L. Walker and oldest granddaughter of Dovie Self, passed away 4:23 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at U.T. Medical Center. Preceded in death by grandson, Michael Fain; parents, Ernest S. and Luana Duncan Miller; sisters, Sarah Bivens, Bertha Davis, Rosa Miller; brothers, Howard, Paul, Ernest, Jr., Arnold, Lester and Ray Miller; niece, Amanda Harris; nephews, Dale Gourley, Rusty Miller and Steve Harris; mother-in-law, Martha Viola McKenzie; sisters-in-law, Emily Walker, Alice Miller, Lillian Miller, Esther Miller, Lola Miller; brothers-in-law,  Beecher Miller, Roy Self, Gale Hawkins, Jimmy Walker. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Martha Lou and Harry Fain, Virginia and Homer Underwood; son, Charles Walker and loving dog, Sophia, all of Tellico Plains; grandchildren, Jamie and Ashley Underwood, Zachary and Lesha Taylor, Elexus Fain, Alexus Millsaps, Tori Taylor; sisters, Marie Self, Betty Miller, of Madisonville, Evelyn Ervin, of Tellico Plains; lots of nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Arlene McLemore, of Ohio, Charlotte Miller, of Madisonville;  brother-in-law, Fred Davis, of Tellico Plains. Funeral 7:00 p.m. Friday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Arthur Andrew Moser officiating. Interment 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Citico Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.