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, September 16, 2005


Jessie Thomas Coleman, age 86, of Madisonville, Tennessee, passed away 7:58 P.M. Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church. He was a son of the late Jessie Anderson and Laura Ellen Self Coleman. (Laura Ellen Self was a daughter to Rev. John and Mary Self and a granddaughter to John J. and Lydia Waters Self.) Jessie is survived by his wife- Sara Kate Coleman, daughters and sons-in-law- Judy and Jim Bryson, Glenda and Creed Calhoun, sons and daughters-in-law- Joe and Teressa Coleman, Jerry and Debbie Coleman, all of Madisonville, Joyce Potter Coleman, of Sweetwater. 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Thomas K. Coleman, great grandson, Joshua Tinnel, sisters, Vesta Coleman, Emma Coleman, brothers, Leonard and Glen Coleman.

The Funeral was held 8:00 P.M. Friday, September 16, 2005 at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home. Rev. Lee Chorn and Rev. Bob Hatley officiated. Interment 3:00 P.M. Saturday, Mt. Zion Cemetery, Vonore, TN with full military honors. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.