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.

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.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Doris Ann Tucker, 84, of Tellico Plains, TN went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, while surrounded by her loving family at Sweetwater Hospital, Sweetwater, TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Clara Stewart; sister, Reba Gibson; brother, Aaron Stewart and special nieces, Melba Peebles and Nancy Tolbert.

Doris is survived by her husband of 64 years, Reed Tucker  of  Tellico Plains; daughter and son-in-law, Tooter and J.W. Coleman of Tellico Plains; son, Bunkum Tucker of Tellico Plains; granddaughters and spouses, Jami and Tommy Babb, Amanda and Cody Smith, Lauren and Sam Hunt; great-grandchildren, Cameron Coleman, Colton Smith, Cooper Smith, and Scout Hunt; sister, Lassie Claborn; special nieces, Shelva Hardy and Patricia Moreland, and several nieces and nephews

Family and friends will assemble at 12:00 noon Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Myers Funeral Home and proceed to Center Cemetery for the 1:00 p.m., graveside service with Rev. B.J. Wall officiating.



Pamela Self Worley, passed away January 21, 2018. She was born in Graham County, NC on November 8, 1953 to the late Riley and Zetta Anderson Self. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Frank Worley; along with brothers, Tony and Jerry; and two sisters, Cleo and Becky. Becky was there to greet her as they both left this world for their heavenly home only days apart. "Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." Proverbs 31:28.
Our family was truly blessed that God chose her to be our Mom, Gram, Maj, MawMaw and Mamaw. We each had our special name for her and she loved and adored each of us dearly as we were her pride and joy and greatest accomplishments. Those left to cherish sweet memories are her children; Chris (Ann) Worley of Hudson; Joe ( Kristi) of Portsmouth, VA; Susan (Andy) Propst of Granite Falls; her dear grandchildren, April (Jordan) Wingler; Kristi Burkett; Jordyn Propst; Audri (Matt) Reitz; Camdyn Propst; and Joe Worley, Jr.; her precious great-grandchildren, Caleb Foust; Sophia Hamby; Dawson Hamby; Kaylee "Girlfriend" Wingler; and Tucker "BB" Burkett; sisters, Dottie, Avis and Mavis; and brothers, Benny and Mark.
She also had many nieces and nephews along with other special family and friends that will miss her dearly. The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.