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, February 20, 2006


VIOLET J. BEST, age 81, widow of Doug Best, of 203 Smokey Branch Road, Vonore, Tennessee passed away 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 16, 2006 at Sweetwater Nursing Center. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of the U.A.W.
Survivors: daughter and son-in-law Dawn B. and Larry Bailey, son Carey D. (Dougie) Best, two very special great grandsons Peter D. and Trevor D. Bailey, all of Vonore; brother Dillard Self, Tellico Plains, TN; several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by son Carey Edwin (Eddie) Best; parents Will and Mae Bryson Self; sister Reba Roberts; brothers Arnold and Clarence Self.

Funeral was 8:00 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2006, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Marvin (Bud) Millsaps, Rev. Mike Best officiated. Interment 11:00 a.m. Monday in Big Toqua Cemetery. Family received friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Please remember my 5 year old niece in prayer. She is in Children's Hospital in Knoxville with pneumonia in one lung and also a case of the flu. Scarlett is the daughter of my brother, Stephen, and his wife, Denise. She is very ill. We would appreciate your prayers.

Thanks, Barry