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, November 06, 2015


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Monday, September 21, 2015


SELF, STEVEN JAMES, age 62, of Sweetwater, TN, passed away 10:20 a.m. Thursday, September 17, 2015.  He was a graduate of Sweetwater High School. He was last employed by Tarasport where he was a professional painter. Steve enjoyed fishing, restoring antique cars, playing Rook, gardening and watching football. He also loved watching western movies. Preceded in death by son, Jay Self, parents, Doc Self and Mary Ellen Yates Logan, brother, Phil Self, Sr. Survivors: wife, Kathleen Raper; daughters and sons-in-law, Angela and Roy Rodgers, Madisonville, Beverly and Ed Couch, of Dayton; sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher Hood (Self), of Sweetwater, Jessie and Joan Raper, of Madisonville; grandchildren, Ashley Rodgers,  Andrew Raper, Leighanna Raper, all of Madisonville, Raymond Couch, Michael Couch, of Dayton;  sisters and brother-in-law, Mary Sue West, of Vonore, Josephine Darlene Morrow, of Vonore, Pat and Bobby Leming, of Madisonville, Carol McDonald, of Sweetwater, Robin Bowers, of Loudon, brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Angel Self, of Texas, David and Judy Self, of Sweetwater, Jeff and Emme Self, of Spring City; several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to his best friend, Randall Cooper. Funeral 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Allen Watson officiating. Interment 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Mt. Zion Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Monday, August 31, 2015

30th Annual Self Family Reunion September 26, 2015

You’re Invited!!! 30th annual Self Family Reunion... Saturday, September, 26, 2015,
Pearson Springs Rotary Pavilion, Montvale Station Road, Maryville, TN. We will gather at 3 PM and eat at 4 PM. Bring a covered dish and a good appetite. For more info. call 423-420-9253. Directions: On Hwy. 411 North in Maryville, turn right at the Exxon station, onto Sandy Springs Road. Go approx. ½ a mile. The pavilion entrance is on the left, just before Sandy Springs Park. There is a sign at the pavilion road entrance. Bring lawn chairs! Only benches are available for seating. Restrooms are on site. Invite other family members to  come too. We hope to see you there.

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.