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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Delia Jane (Arp) Self age 86 of Maryville, TN passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Kindred Healthcare Center. She was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Self; daughter, Shelia Self; son, Jim Self; parents, John and Martha Arp; brothers, James, Andy, Carl, and J. Arp; sisters, Louie Belcher and Ruby Selvidge. Survivors include her children, Donna Self, Rick Self, Terry and Mary Self, Glenda Self; ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren. The family would like to thank all the caregivers on the North wing at Kindred Healthcare and on the 5th floor at Blount Memorial Hospital. Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in the Smith West Chapel with Norman Arp and Rev. Keith Ross officiating. Interment will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2105 at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 983-1000.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


 Mary Ellen Logan, age 85, of Sweetwater, TN has moved from Sweetwater to her new home in Heaven on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. She was of the Church of God faith. Avid quilter and gardener. She raised ten children, six of whom served in the United States Military. Mary is preceded in death by her parents William Riley Yates and Mary Leona Milsaps Yates, son, Phillip Carl Self, three grandsons, one granddaughter and five siblings. She is survived by her children: Mary Sue West of Vonore, Sarah Patricia Leming of Madisonville, Carol Ann McDonald of Sweetwater, Steven James Self Sr. of Sweetwater, Josephine Darlene Morrow of Vonore, Jeffrey Daniel Self of Rockwood, Howard David Self of Madisonville, Hubert John Self of Belton, TX and Robin Lynn Bowers of Etowah. Grandchildren: Mark T. West of Vonore, Patricia Lee Steele of Mississippi, Jackie Tallent of Madisonville, Lehla McMahan of Maryville, Angela Mae Rodgers of Madisonville, Beverly Ann Couch of Dayton, Christopher Don Hood of Sweetwater, Trisha Jennings of Florida, Phillip Karl Self of Florida, Tonya Tolbert of N.C., Jesse Morrow of Sweetwater, Samantha Self of Pennsylvania, and Jeremy Self of Johnson City. There are 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 2:00 P.M until 4:00 P.M at Sweetwater Memory Chapel. Graveside service and Interment to follow in Sweetwater Memorial Park with Grandson, Andrew Self officiating. Sweetwater Memory Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Friday, May 01, 2015


Elsie Bernice Ward Breeden, age 84 of Vonore,  TN received her wings on April 30, 2015. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and was employed at Lakeshore Mental Health for 37 years. Elsie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and was always there for her family.  Preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Robert Breeden; parents, Joseph and Bertha (Self) Ward; grandson, Jeff Gentry; siblings, Betty Jo Kennedy, Charlie Ward, JC Ward and Clifford Ward. She is survived by her daughters, Linda and Brunner Gentry, Martha and David Godsey, all of Vonore; sons, Bobby Breeden of Vonore, Danny and Linda Breeden of Calhoun, Bobby Joe and Diane Shutt of Madisonville; brother, Gid (Bud) Ward of GA.; her longtime companion, Chester Price of Knoxville. She was also grandmother to 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday at Oak Grove Baptist Church with interment following. Family will receive friends Saturday, 5:00 - 7:00 at Loudon Funeral Home.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Ella Miller, age 99, of Madisonville, TN, passed away 2:55 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Sweetwater Hospital. Member of South Madisonville Baptist Church. Survivors, brother & sisters-in-law, Stanley & Loretta Miller, Dot Miller, all of Madisonville, Ann Miller, Huntsville, Ala., niece & spouse, Carol Jean & Eugene Caines, Jacksonville, Fla., nephews & spouses, Ronald & Billie Miller, Tunnel Hill, Ga., Bobby Miller, Humble, Tx., Stephen & Suneetha Miller, Knoxville, David & Tammy Miller, Crossville, several great & great-great nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Rev. Oliver C. & Mary Lydia Hartness Miller, sisters & brothers-in-law, Edna, Edith, Stella and Marian Miller, Jessie & Floyd Harlow, Mildred & Hugh Thomas, brothers, Boyd & Austin Miller, niece, Jeanette Harlow. Funeral 4:30 p.m. Friday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Rick Harris officiating. Interment Piney Grove Cemetery. Family will receive friends 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Self, Frank. W., age 85, of Knoxville, TN, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at his home. He was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by wife June Self; parents, Harrison and Lizzie Self; and six siblings. Survived by son, Mike Self; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Pam Self; grandchildren, Amanda Johnson, Michael, Jr., Daniel, Ashley, Stevie Jr. Self, and Stacy Wyrick; eight great-grandchildren; great-great grandson, Gabe Williams; brother, Jake Self; sister, Nellie Hawkins; brother-in-law, Bill Gibby; sister-in-law, Lenis Self; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to offer special thanks to the Caris nurses David and Melinda. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, March 13, 2015, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Rev. Glen Bruner officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Online obituary may be viewed at  

Monday, February 23, 2015


Mrs. Lula P. Burnette, age 92 of Luttrell, Tennessee, a native of Monroe County went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, February 18, 2015.She was a faithful member of Ailordale Baptist Church and was a retired employee of the University of Tennessee since 1989. Lula was the daughter of the late Harrison Cicero Self and Lizzie Cottrell Self Hawkins; also preceded in death by husband; John C. Burnette; step-father, Lloyd Hawkins; sisters; Blonnie Mae Self, Lillie Pearl Lee Self Geddings, Faye Self Strickland, Helen Marie Self Gibby; brother, Samuel Douglas Self; sister-in-law, Peggy Moses Self; grandson, Christopher Burnette. Survivors: sons: Harry Burnette and wife: Karon of Clinton; Larry Burnette and wife: Tina, two-granddaughters; Kaitlyn and Stephanie Burnette, all of Luttrell. Brothers: Frank Self, Knoxville; Jake Self, Madisonville; sister, Nellie Self Hawkins, Greenback; brother-in-law, William Gibby, Nashville; sister-in-law: Lennis Self, Knoxville; special brother, Samuel Self, Jr. and wife: Evelyn; special niece, Connie Geddings Reese; several other nieces, nephews and other family members. The family would like to express their special thanks to Anna Todd and staff at Tender Loving Care of Maynardville for their special care given during the past five years. Due to weather conditions, the family will receive friends 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015 with funeral service to follow at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Cooke-Campbell Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Calvin Headrick officiating. Interment will follow at Ailordale Cemetery, Maynardville. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville, TN.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Dillard Glenn Self, age 95, a lifelong resident of Tellico Plains, TN, passed away 3:20 A.M. Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Starr Regional Medical Center, Athens. Member of Unicoi Baptist Church. Veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy. An iron worker by trade, a member of the Ironworkers Local Union #384 and traveled the world extensively for his job. Survivors, daughters & son-in-law, Shirley Self Bivens Warren, Tellico Plains, Margaret Self Lee & Don Lee, Manning, S.C., grandchildren, Angelia Martin, Kimberly Black, Shannon Bivens, Jeff Lee, Cindy Vickery & Scott Lee, 8 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, Preceded in death by wife, Mayme Jo Witt Self, grandson, Glenn J. Bivens, parents, Fred & Mary Josephine White Self. Funeral 3 P.M. Saturday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. B.J. Wall officiating. Interment Epperson Cemetery, with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 5156 & D.A.V.  Chapter 93. Family will receive friends 1-3 P.M. Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, TN.