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, 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.

Monday, July 18, 2016


Wayman, Steven D., age 63, of Maryville, TN, passed away 11:46 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Blount Memorial Hospital. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Broadway Baptist Church. Preceded in death by father, Dwight Wayman; step-father, Mark Linton. Survivors: wife, Linda Wayman; sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Lindsay, of Seymour, Michael and Brittney, of Vonore; grandchildren, Kelsey, Tiffany, Bentley, Callie, Weston, Olivia, Jaxon; mother, Lucile Hunt Linton, of Tellico Plains; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janice and Dennis Calhoun, of Benton, Arkansas, Lynette and Mike Atkinson, of Pearl, MS; aunt, Ellen Harrison, of Maryville; many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or American Kidney Foundation. Graveside service and interment 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oak Grove Friends Cemetery, Rev. Scott Knight officiating. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Thursday, March 03, 2016


SELF, IVEN RAY, age 75, of Madisonville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Friday evening, February 26, 2016 surrounded by his loved ones. He was preceded in death by grandson, Bristin Self; parents, Cicero Burton and Susie Self; brothers, Joyce "Curley" and Richard Self. Survivors: wife, Patricia Self; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Herman Matoy, of Tellico Plains; sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Michelle Self,  Michael and Susan Self, all of Madisonville; grandchildren, Ashley and Andy Fuller, Josh and Shelby Ball, Shannon Self, Brianna Self and Isaac Self; great grandchildren, Jake Fuller, Justin Self and Natalie Ball; sister, Shirley Best; brother, Cecil Self, of Tellico Plains; several nieces and nephews; stepdaughter, Kelly Lones, of Madisonville. Funeral 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Tim Self officiating. Interment 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Center Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

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.