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.

Friday, February 08, 2008


Nettie Arlene Byers Beaver of Hiawassee, Ga., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 in the Union County Nursing Home, Blairsville, Ga. fol­lowing an extended ill­ness. She was born on Jan.9, 1929, in Monroe County, Tennessee the daughter of the late Jack Gaston Byers and the late Dovie Self Byers. She was a loving mother and grand­mother and will be missed by all who knew her. She was of the Baptist faith. She was 79. Preceded in death by a daughter, Annelene Beaver in 1974. Survivors include: Kenneth Beaver of Augusta, Ga., Vernon and Barbara Beaver of Gainesville, Ga., Claude and Maria Beaver of Mesquite, Nev., Evelyn and Randy Hunter of Hiawassee, Ga., Hoyt, Jr. and Sue Beaver of Hayesville, Ga., Doug and Jennifer Beaver of Braselton, Ga.; brother Junior Byers of Madisonville, Tn; sisters Mary Garrett of Etowah, Katie Davis of Coker Creek, Ruby Stanley of Dahlonega, Ga., Alice Roberts of Etowah, Gladys (Dollie) Lynn of Delano; stepsister Nellie Mae Lovingood of Madisonville, Tn; grandchildren Meghan, Brannon, Nate, Cody, Lucas and Brittany Beaver; many other relatives and friends also survive. Funeral services were held at noon, Tuesday Feb. 5, at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Waymon Lovell and Rev. Harley Hunter officiating. Serving as pallbearers were: Steve Kelley and Cody Beaver and other family members. Interment followed in the Burch Cemetery. Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville, Ga. is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences online at www.mountainviewfuneral­

Nettie Beaver was the granddaughter of Jobe Smith Self and Anna Stephens Self and the great-granddaughter of John Jones Self and Lydia Avaline Waters Self.