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, May 05, 2007


Van Lowry Self, 96, died Saturday, April 28, 2007, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi after a long illness. He was born April 10, 1911, in Tellico Plains, Tenn. He was a retired shipping and receiving employee for U.S. Steel. He attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today (April 30) at Baldwin, Nowell & Clark Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include one son, Dale Self (Donna) of Marion, III.; one stepdaughter, Annette Rusoe (Clinton) of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Lori Nystrom, Michelle Matthew, Douglas Self, Tommy Horton, Eugene Horton and Shelia Cooper; seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Brakefield, and 5 brothers and a sister. He was the oldest living direct descendant of John J. and Lydia Avaline Waters Self.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

In lieu offlowers, donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Note: This is the obituary for Mr. Self taken from information provided by the funeral home. The wording in bold print was added.