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, July 25, 2005

Cousin Jeff Butler Serving In Iraq

Sgt. Jeffery A. Butler, age 35 of Madisonville, TN is serving in Iraq with the Army National Guard, Troop B 1/278th, based in Sweetwater, TN. Jeff arrived in Kuwait on Thanksgiving Day, 2004 and has been in Iraq since the first of December. His F.O.B.
(Forward Operating Base) is currently located about 50 miles north of Bagdad. They run combat patrols every day, do raids and escort missions. They are presently attached to the 1/128th INF. Their actual unit is the K-Troop out of Jamestown, Tennessee. Jeff was able to come home for a short visit this past June.

Jeff's wife, Kaye Butler, is the leader of the Family Readiness Group for the Sweetwater Tennessee unit of the Army National Guard. Her responsibilities include offering moral support to the spouses and families of soldiers who are serving with her husband in Iraq. The group meets once monthly and in addition to offering moral support they also offer some financial assistance to families of the soldiers. They also send care packages to the soldiers in Iraq.

Jeff Butler is the son of Rev. John and Shirley Butler of Madisonville, TN. He and Kaye have two sons, Jacob Allen Butler and Jordon Reynolds. He has one sister and one brother, Sheila Belcher and Patrick Butler of Madisonville. His grandmother, Ersie Self Cooper, lives in Vonore, TN. Jeff is a great-great-great grandson to John J. and Lydia Waters Self. His direct genealogy is as follows: Jeff Butler, Shirley Cooper Butler, Ersie Self Cooper, William Emery Self, Rev. C.C. Self, John J. Self.

Greetings and well-wishes may be e-mailed to Jeff at the following address: