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, October 01, 2014


This is a photo of the late Wesley  Dillard and Lillian Self. Dillard passed away September 25, 2014. Lillian passed away July 15, 2008. This photo was taken on January 15, 2004 at the funeral of Dillard's sister, Reba Self Roberts. Dillard was the son of William Floyd and Mary Mae Bryson Self and the grandson of Martha Lavada Self. Martha Lavada Self was the daughter of John J. Self and Lydia Avaline Waters Self.
 Dillard was the last survivor of the 7 children of Will and Mae Bryson Self.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


WESLEY DILLARD SELF, age 95, of Vonore, TN, passed away 8:00 a.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014 at his home. He retired from Tellico Telephone Company. He was a member of Williamsburg Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife, Lillian Louise Self; sisters, Violet Best, Reba Roberts; brothers, Arnold and Clarence Self. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Doyle Brown; granddaughters, Leshia Williams, Karen Brown, Amber Williams; great grandsons, Colby Brown, Parker Collins, Bently Beach, great granddaughter, Addison Collins.  Funeral 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Chaplain Mike Justice officiating. Intement 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Cane Creek Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, TN.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014


COLEMAN, REV. JOSEPH LEONARD (JOE), age 58 of Madisonville, TN passed away 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at U.T. Medical Center. He was the owner of Stricklan Tree Service and was a well known minister of the gospel. Member of Community Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife of 39 years, Terresa Diana Stricklan Coleman, parents, Jessie and Sara Kate Coleman, brother, Thomas Keith Coleman. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Andy Nichols; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Vickie Coleman; granddaughters, Adriane, Alesha and Abby Nichols, sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Jimmy Bryson, Glenda and Creed Calhoun, brother and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Debbie Coleman, all of Madisonville; Joyce Coleman; nephews, Thomas (Tommy) Coleman, both of Sweetwater, Dillon Coleman; nieces, Laurie Lanham, Lynne Millsaps, Tammy Brown, Sara Tinnell, LaCreeda Tinnell, all of Madisonville.Funeral 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Michael McLemore, Rev. Mitch Isbill officiating. Interment 11:00 a.m. Friday, Haven Hill Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Anna Lucinda Smith Johnson, born August 7, 1918, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 23, 2014 surrounded by family at Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens. She was born in Monroe County but lived most of her life in McMinn County. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a longtime member of Union McMinn Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for several years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed reading the Bible through each year prior to her death. She was also a student of the Bible and read many commentaries and other books about the history of the Bible and its authors. She loved gardening and always had a vegetable and flower garden as long as she was able. She enjoyed sharing her vegetables and flowers with friends and family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Olas Johnson, on October 8, 1990, and an infant son, Olas Johnson, Jr, her parents, Mary Louisa Self Smith, and James T. Smith, sisters, Vian Smith, Nellia Smith, Viola Smith, Alice Smith, Ada Smith Henegar, and Mary Ruth Smith Anderson, and brothers, Alvin Smith, William Ernest Smith, and Riley David Smith. She is survived by one son, Douglas Johnson of Niota, one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Mark Lefler of Athens; one granddaughter and husband, Natalie and Richard Jason Knowles of Fayetteville, Georgia; and two great-grandchildren, Nathan and Noah Knowles of Fayetteville, Georgia; special nieces and nephews, Sandy Wyrick and husband Duane, Betty Tallent and husband Beecher, Carolyn Standridge and husband Glen, Joann Bledsoe and husband Billy, James Anderson and wife Marie, Margie Johnson Shell and husband Bill, and Janet Johnson Norwood, and several great nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Friday, April 25, 2014 at Union McMinn Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in Niota Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm, Friday at the church prior to the service.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Mrs. Joyce Stover of Palmetto, Georgia, passed away February 22, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Stover and mother, Johnnie Dailey and is survived by her daughters, Lisa Davis and her husband Paul of McDonough; Shannon Brown and her husband Greg of Jenkinsburg; father, Ray Dailey of Maryville, TN; sister, Penny Bistersky and her husband Mark of Delafield, WI; brothers, Arnold Dailey and his wife Lynn of Kingston, OK; Eddie Dailey and his wife Pat of Maryville, TN; Dickie Dailey and his wife Vickie of Maryville, TN; grandchildren, Holly Davis; Kelly Davis and Natalie Brown and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at The Rock Baptist Church with Rev. Lendell Ainsworth officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory, 770-964-4800.

Friday, January 24, 2014


Ricky Allen Self, Sr. , age 54, of Englewood, Tennessee, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014 at a local hospital. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was a construction roofer for several years and was of the Baptist faith. He loved being outdoors, especially in the mountains, and enjoyed being around his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Keesha Raper of Madisonville, Rebecca Baldwin and husband Travis of Etowah, Ricky Self, Jr. and wife Michelle of Riceville, and Rocky Self and wife Rebecca of Athens; parents, William Millard Self and Betty Jo Martin; sister, Drenda Lankford and husband Ricky of Etowah; brothers, Steven Martin and wife Kathy of Etowah, Tony Self and wife Shirley of Cleveland, and Chris Self of Englewood. Several nieces, nephews and other extended family members and close friends also survive. Service: Funeral services will be conducted at 7pm Thursday, January 23, 2014, from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 5-7pm Thursday at the funeral home prior to the service. We invite you to visit the Self family guest book and send a message of comfort. Serenity Funeral Home, Etowah, TN.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


BYERS, VERLIN JACK, JR., age 87, of Sweetwater,TN, passed away 11:00 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at Sweetwater Hospital. He attended Vonore Full Gospel Church. Preceded in death by wife, Callie Byrum Byers; parents, Jack Gaston Byers and Dovie Self Byers; sisters, Gracie Chapman, Nettie Beavers, Emma Sue Byers, Dolly Lynn; brothers, Vernon Byers, Dewey Byers and Clarence Byers. Survivors: daughters, Mary Snowden, of Athens, Debra Ann Priest, Englewood, Misty Winkler, Tellico Plains, Glenda Sue Byers, of Sweetwater, Wanda Mae Boggess, Athens, Elisha Jane Hale, Cleveland; sons, Bobby Byers, Madisonville, Wayne Byers, Etowah, Ricky Byers, Greenback; 15 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Moses, Athens, Katie Davis, Coker Creek, Ruby Stanley, Dahlonega, GA, Alice Roberts, Tellico Plains, several nieces and nephews. Graveside service 4:00 p.m. Monday, Giles Cemetery, Rev. Jarvis Bivens officiating. Family and friends need to assemble by 3:15 p.m. Monday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains for the procession to the cemetery.


Fred Lester Self, age 92, of Maryville, TN passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Asbury Place. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Wanda Self, and several nieces and nephews. There was a graveside service and entombment at 3:00 p.m. on Friday January 17, 2014 at Grandview Mausoleum with the Rev. Charles Ballard officiating. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, TN. 865 983 1000.