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 02, 2008


MARTIN, FRED, age 76, of Lafayette, TN, formerly of Tellico Plains, passed away Wednesday morning, December 26, 2007 at Sumner Medical Center. He was a member of Unicoi Baptist Church. He was a 50-year member of Local 102 Plumbers and Steamfitters where he served as business manager for the last 3 years of his career.
Survivors: wife Martha Martin, son and daughter-in-law Fred, Jr. and Sharon Martin, Sandy, OR; step-son Vin Cline and wife Diane of Lafayette, TN; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sisters LaVern Hensley, Englewood, TN, Zandra Martin, Tellico Plains, TN; brothers and sisters- in law Carl and Sherry Martin, Richland, IN, Clarence & Sharon Martin, Ames, Iowa, Johnny Martin, Grandview, IN, Larry & Mary Martin, Roberts, KY, J.W. & Linda Martin, Friendsville, TN; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Elbert and Ina Josephine Kirkland Martin. Funeral was 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29 in Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. B.J. Wall officiated. Interment was in Unicoi Cemetery. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, TN.

Fred Martin was the grandson of Ruth Self Kirkland and Jess Kirkland and the great- grandson of John J. Self and Lydia A. Waters Self.