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.

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.

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.