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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


The family of the late Roley and Vietta Self held a reunion Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Ft. Loudoun State Park in Vonore, Tennessee. Kathey Self Hannah, a granddaughter to Roley and Vietta Self, shared some photos from the reunion.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Self, Michael E. Sr., age 62 of Sevierville, TN went home to be with the Lord suddenly on Friday, October 7, 2016. He was of the Baptist Faith, and employed by Wyndham Resorts, and loved helping anyone in need. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and June Self. He is survived by his brother, Steve Self, Sr.; children, Michael E. Self, Jr. and wife Christie, Amanda Johnson and husband Wally, Daniel Self, and Ashley Self; grandchildren, Brittany Williams and husband Scott, Dylan Johnson, Taylor Christian, Cody Johnson, and Jerica Christian; great-grandchild, Gabriel Williams the light of Pappy’s life; and special friends Cindy Wright, Jill Self, Charlie Schlicher, and Dewey Evans. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 7:00 pm with Rev. Glen Bruner officiating.Interment will be private. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences extended at

Saturday, October 08, 2016


Rachel “Louise” Bain Self, 90 of Etowah, TN went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 3, 2016.  She lived a long, fulfilling life surrounded by family and friends who loved her dearly.  She was a member of Conasauga Baptist Church and the daughter of the late Jewel and Sarah Bain.
Preceded in death by her husband, Glenn W. Self; parents, listed above; brothers, Jay, Hershell, Glen, and Carl Bain; Grandsons, Ronnie Burton and Michael Burton. She is survived by her children, Glenda  and Clinton Martin of Etowah, TN, Bobbie Davis of Athens, TN, Sherry Self of Etowah, TN, Joan Self Morrow of Etowah, TN, Gary and Martha Self of Georgia, David and Shannon Self of Englewood, Teresa and Rick Burham  of Riceville, TN, grandchildren, Laura and Rod Gay of Etowah, TN, Scotty Martin of Etowah, TN, Tonya and Mark Teague of Madisonville, TN, Patrick and Melissa Harper of Decatur, TN, Melissa Self and Shawn Reeves of Georgia, April and Ryan Witmer of Georgia, Gary II and Kayla Self of Georgia, Petty Officer Second Class Joseph and Mandy Self of Mississippi, Rachal Self of Englewood, TN; 18 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Caris Healthcare and Archer’s Family Home Care-Choices. Josh Harper, Paul Harper, Rod Gay, Mark Teague, Gary Self II and Daniel Branch will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Patrick Harper and Kyle Gay
 A Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Green Hill Cemetery with Pastor Russ Maples officiating.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Sarah Self and Brannon Davis were married on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Living Life Event Venue in Philadelphia, Tennessee. Sarah is the daughter of Donnie and Marcia Self of Vonore, TN. She is a 2010 graduate of Sequoyah High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree, with a major in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2014, and her master of science degree in elementary education from UT in 2015. Sarah is currently a third grade teacher at Madisonville Intermediate School.

Brannon is the son of Chris and Trudy Davis of Vonore and James and Kim Davis of Sweetwater, TN. He is a 2002 graduate of Sequoyah High School and is currently employed as a welder at New Dimension Towers.

Monday, July 18, 2016


Wayman, Steven D., age 63, of Maryville, TN, passed away 11:46 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Blount Memorial Hospital. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Broadway Baptist Church. Preceded in death by father, Dwight Wayman; step-father, Mark Linton. Survivors: wife, Linda Wayman; sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Lindsay, of Seymour, Michael and Brittney, of Vonore; grandchildren, Kelsey, Tiffany, Bentley, Callie, Weston, Olivia, Jaxon; mother, Lucile Hunt Linton, of Tellico Plains; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janice and Dennis Calhoun, of Benton, Arkansas, Lynette and Mike Atkinson, of Pearl, MS; aunt, Ellen Harrison, of Maryville; many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or American Kidney Foundation. Graveside service and interment 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oak Grove Friends Cemetery, Rev. Scott Knight officiating. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Thursday, March 03, 2016


SELF, IVEN RAY, age 75, of Madisonville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Friday evening, February 26, 2016 surrounded by his loved ones. He was preceded in death by grandson, Bristin Self; parents, Cicero Burton and Susie Self; brothers, Joyce "Curley" and Richard Self. Survivors: wife, Patricia Self; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Herman Matoy, of Tellico Plains; sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Michelle Self,  Michael and Susan Self, all of Madisonville; grandchildren, Ashley and Andy Fuller, Josh and Shelby Ball, Shannon Self, Brianna Self and Isaac Self; great grandchildren, Jake Fuller, Justin Self and Natalie Ball; sister, Shirley Best; brother, Cecil Self, of Tellico Plains; several nieces and nephews; stepdaughter, Kelly Lones, of Madisonville. Funeral 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Tim Self officiating. Interment 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Center Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Friday, November 06, 2015


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