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 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.

Friday, November 28, 2014


RUSSELL, IMOGENE MARTIN - age 94, of Madisonville, TN, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at her home. She was a member of the Unicoi Baptist Church in Tellico Plains. Preceded in death by: husband, James Riley Russell; parents, Avery and Ethel Kirkland Martin; brother, Homer Martin; and sister, Josephine Thomas. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin and Bonnie Russell, Estes and Susan Russell; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Dave Bennett, Priscilla and Chris Davis, Phyllis and Bob von Slep; grandchildren, April McCullough, Mandy Darnes, Justin Russell, Jamie Cathey, Nicole Robertson, Alan Davis; host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral 8:00 P.M., Saturday, November 29th, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Dwayne Leming officiating. Burial 1:00 P.M., Sunday, November 30th, Unicoi Cemetery, in Tellico Plains. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN. (Mrs. Russell was a granddaughter to the late Ruth Self Kirkland. Ruth was a daughter to John J. Self.)

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.