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.

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.

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.