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, January 17, 2007


James Earl Self, age 39, of Athens, Tennessee died Sunday, January 14, 2007 at his home from injuries sustained in a house fire. He was a native of Dalton, GA, and a longtime resident of McMinn County. He attended Rogers Creek Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother Billy Self and a sister Marie Self. Survivors include his mother, Mary Nell Bryson of Etowah, TN; his father and stepmother, Lloyd and Margaret Self of Niota, TN; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Joyce and Mike Roberts of Etowah, TN, Linda and Clifton Howard of Athens, TN, Shirley Eaton of Etowah, TN, Patricia and David Ledford of Oliver Springs, TN, and Julie Croft of Etowah, TN; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Dorothy Self of Etowah, TN, Berlin Lloyd, Jr. and Betty Self of Athens, TN, and Jerry Lee and Melissa Self of Loudon, TN; aunt, Pauline Cheney of New Albany, MS; uncles, Gene Self of Michigan and William Self of Illinois; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2007 at Rogers Creek Baptist Church, in Athens with Rev. Shane Bryson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry, Verlon Lloyd, Jr. and Charles Self, David Ledford, Clifton Howard and Mike Roberts. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Rogers Creek Baptist Church. Arrangements by Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens, TN.