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.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Cousin Joyce Ann (Dusti) Self Duvall Has Died


Joyce Ann (Dusti) Self Duvall, age 53, of Maryville, TN passed away Thursday morning October 27, 2005 at Asbury Place in Maryville. She was preceded in death by her mother Inez Self Fraze, brother Steven Self. She is survived by her husband John Duvall, daughters and sons-in-law Karri and Brandon Whitehead, Nichole and Jozy Cole, daughter Staci Reneau, father, Charles Self, brothers and sisters James Chandler, William (Bill) Self, Kathy Hannah, Lee Self, Richard Self, Roger Self, Mike Self all of Maryville, Raymond Self of Pigeon Forge, TN, Shirley Huskey of VA. Family and friends will meet at 3:00 P.M. Friday October 28, 2005 at Louisville Cemetery for a graveside funeral service. Memorial Funeral Home in Maryville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to

(Obituary courtesy of Memorial Funeral Home)

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Cousin Verlin Self Has Died

REV. VERLIN SELF, age 52, of Madisonville, Tennessee went to be with his Lord 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at U.T. Medical Center. He had been preaching and pastoring for 35 years, having pastored at Shelton's Grove, South Madisonville and Citico Baptist Churches. He was currently serving as pastor of Community Baptist Church in Madisonville. He was a devoted husband, father and grandpa.
Survivors: wife of 32 years Donna Ingram Self, daughter and son-in-law Christy and Rob Lucas, Maryville; son and daughter-in-law Travis and Anita Self, Madisonville,
grandchildren Megan Lucas, Chandler Turner; brother and sister-in-law J.L. and Edna Self, Maryville; sisters and brothers-in-law Lovenia and Gale Carroll, Old Fort, Reba Nell and Carl Scoggins, Cleveland, Mildred and Steve Pannell, Pontotoc, MS; several nieces and nephews; father-in-law and mother-in-law J.R. and Maudean Ingram, Sweetwater; preceded in death by parents Bill and Olive Self.
Funeral service will be 8:00 P.M. Friday, October 28, 2005 at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home Chapel. Interment 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Mt. Zion Cemetery, Vonore, TN. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rev. Douglas E. Self Obituary

Rev. Douglas E. Self, age 98, of Maryville passed away Sunday, October 23, 2005 at Colonial Hills Healthcare Center. He was a member of New Providence Primitive Baptist Church where he was the former pastor. He also served as pastor of Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church in Tapoca, NC. He retired from ALCOA and was a member if their 25-Year Club. Preceded in death by: parents, John "Simp" and Julia "Annie" Self; wife, Mina L. Self; brothers, Austin, Bluford, and Sanford Self; sisters, Angie Self, Ella McLemore, and Bertha White. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law, Charles D. and Ruth Self of Elizabethton, TN and Eugene and Maysel Self of Maryville; daughters and sons-in-law, Mildred Y. and Kenneth Potter of Maryville and Katherine & Robert Hubbard of Morgan County; 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brothers, Charlie Self and Jay S. Self both of Maryville; sisters, Bonnie Rogers and Ruth Bryant both of Maryville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Crisp and Rev. Ronnie Blair officiating. Interment will follow at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience after 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at Smith Mortuary. Family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church.

(Obit. taken from the Smith Mortuary website.)


Rev. Douglas E. Self, age 98 of Maryville, TN passed away Sunday, October 23, 2005. The funeral will be Wednesday, October 26th at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-3 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Friends may call at their convenience after 12 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Mortuary in Maryville, TN. Our sympathy is extended to the family of Mr. Self.

A complete obituary will be posted to this site later. Please see the related story posted to this site on July 20, 2005 "Oldest Family Member To Turn 98".

Friday, October 14, 2005

Concerning Leaving Comments

Let me make one suggestion. If you want to leave a comment, please leave me your name and /or e-mail address in the body of the message also, that is unless you intentionally want to remain anonymous. Anonymous comments are okay if this is the intention of the person sending it. I get several comments, but I have no idea who they come from and I cannot respond to the comment, since I do not automatically receive the address of the sender. I would appreciate it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Reunion Pictures

I am finally getting around to posting a few reunion pictures. There are only a few, since I cannot yet get permission from everyone to post their picture. I have tried unsuccessfully to get permission to post pictures of a few more people, but until I do this will be the only picures posted. Daisy Murray traveled from Washington State to be at the reunion. While she was here she got to see an aunt that she had not seen since she was a small girl. She also got to meet my aunt, Eureva Self. Daisy and Eureva had talked many times on the telephone, but had never met until September 17, when I took Daisy to Eureva's house fo a visit. Daisy also met several cousins at the reunion in Maryville, TN. She is pictured with cousin Calberta Self Best at the top.

Terry Jones, Self Cousin, Dies

TERRY MARK JONES, age 45, of Sweetwater, Tennessee, formerly of Loudon, passed away 8:55 p.m. Sunday October 9, 2005 at his home. He was employed by Apex Canvas, Loudon. Survivors: fiancée- Tina Lawrence- Sweetwater, TN,
son- Joey Jones- Ringgold, GA, grandchildren- Destiny Love Jones, Ashley Lynn Jones, Aden Jones- all of Ringgold, GA, sisters- Donita Harmon- Sweetwater, TN,
Joyce Bidwell- Rockford, IL, Barbara Gossage Teague, Debbie Overton- both of Loudon, TN, Gail Webster, Teresa Jenkins, brother- Bobby Jones- all of Sweetwater, TN, several nieces and nephews, Tina’s children- Brian Joseph Brooks, Stephanie Nichole Brooks- both of Troy, MO, Jennifer R’Nea Brooks, Ashley Marie Lawrence,
Corey Lee Lawrence- all of Sweetwater, TN, Tina’s grandson- Ethan Daniel Stone- Troy, MO. Preceded in death by parents James Edward and Thelma Louise Self Jones, sister Linda Duncan, brother Billy Jones.

Funeral 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Allen Webster officiating. Interment will be in Tellico Plains City Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

National Guard Troops To Be Home For Thanksgiving

" They have been assured they will be eating Thanksgiving turkey at home", said Kaye Butler, president of the Family Readiness Group operating out of the Sweetwater, Tennessee Armory. Butler's comments were made recently to The Democrat, a Monroe County, TN newspaper. Cousin Jeff Butler, Kaye's husband, is one of about 100 guard soldiers who departed for training in June 2004 before going to Iraq later that year. The troops are most likely to re-enter the United States at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and go through a debriefing period for several days before returning to their hometowns.

"Butler will be working with local officials to plan a homecoming celebration for the soldiers when they get back. She said the troops could return at different times so a way will have to be worked out to give each of the men a good welcome home."

Source: The Democrat, Friday, October 7, 2005, Vol 124, No. 40, Tommy Millsaps

Friday, October 07, 2005

Can You Hear Me Now ?

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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Where are the reunion pictures ?

I am sorry there still are no reunion pictures up on the site yet. I am having a hard time getting it all together with this particular project. I will try my best to do it next week.


Dear family, please keep our cousin, Rev. Verlin Self and his wife and children in your prayers. Verlin is very ill at U.T. Hospital in Knoxville, TN. He is in serious condition from what I can find out. I do not know many of the details, but he became ill one day this week and was taken to Sweetwater Hospital and was then air lifted to U.T. From what information I have heard, he is very seriously ill. Please pray for him and Donna and ask everyone you know to remember them. Verlin is the pastor of Community Baptist Church in Madisonville, Tn where he lives. Thanks!