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, October 10, 2007


"Navy Seaman Recruit Derek H. Cooper, son of Donnie R. Cooper and Michelle Colvin of Vonore, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. During the eight-week program, Cooper completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first-aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. It's distinctly "Navy" flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. Cooper is a 2007 graduate of Sequoyah High School. His division was 342 ship # 12 in Great Lakes, Ill. He is now training in Pensacola, Florida."
( Taken from The Advocate & Democrat)