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 15, 2008


John William Henegar, Jr. of Niota, TN went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday night, Feb. 13, at Woods Memorial in Etowah. He graduated from McMinn County High School and Cleveland State Community College. He was a former employee of Strom Copper Components of Decatur and Seaton Iron and Metal of Athens. John was avid computer user and expert and enjoyed helping everyone he knew solve their computer problems. He was a Christian and loved the Lord and was a member of the Open Door Baptist Church, in Sweetwater, where he taught Sunday School. John was an exceptionally fine man and will be missed greatly by all of his family members and friends. He was 57. Preceded in death by: father and mother, John William Henegar Sr. and Ada Smith Henegar, both of Niota; and grandparents, James Thomas Smith and Mary Louisa Self Smith, William (Bill) and Callie White Henegar. Survivors include: James (Jim) R. Henegar of Athens; Charles Lee Henegar of Southgate, Mich.; and Grace Henegar Bradford of Falkville, Ala.; Special aunt-Anna Smith Johnson of Niota; Numerous cousins of McMinn County and surrounding counties. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, where the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2008 with the funeral to follow in Kyker’s Chapel with Rev. Ted Watson and Rev. Scott Standridge officiating. Family and friends will meet at 9:45 a.m., Saturday at Niota Cemetery for a 10 a.m. interment. Pallbearers will be Houston Anderson, Michael Anderson, Brad Anderson, J.T. Tallent, Travis Standridge and Jimmy Reed. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, TN in charge of arrangements.

John was an avid genealogist and he and I worked together on several occasions, trying to gather information on the Self Family. He compiled a book in 2005 on his Smith, Self, Whitmore, and Stonecypher ancestors. He dedicated it to his late mother, Ada Smith Henegar, who was interested in her family history, and his aunts Anna Johnson and Ruth Anderson.

John William Henegar, Jr. was born September 25, 1950. He was the only child of Ada Louisa Smith and John William Henegar. He was the grandson of Mary Self Smith and James Thomas Smith, the great grandson of Rev. Cicero Self and Mosurie Whitmore Self and the great great grandson of John Jones Self and Lydia Avaline Waters Self.