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, April 11, 2008


Birdie Veal Martin of Tellico Plains, TN went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at her residence. She was a member of Nonaburg House of Prayer. She was 77. She was preceded in death by: husband, Eugene Veal; parents, Jobe and Grace Hollinghead Tucker; brothers, Delano Tucker and Otis Creed Tucker. Survivors include: husband-Joe "Robby" Martin of Cleveland; daughter Jena Bradshaw of Tellico Plains; sons and daughters-in-Iaw Jerry and Carolyn Veal of Coker Creek, TN; Darryl and Cindy Veal of Tellico Plains; stepdaughters Betty Taylor, Shirley Fraizer and Helen Bain, all of Cleveland; brothers Carroll Tucker and Reed Tucker of Tellico Plains; and Truman Tucker of Dayton, TN; grandchildren Josh Veal, Jessica Veal Hamilton, Sky Veal, Caleb Smith, Candy Smith, Lucrisha Best and Tamra Yearwood; great-grandchildren Olivia, Tucker, Amelia, Campbell, Sydney, Garren, Noah, Hunter, Kierra, Chloe and Zack. Funeral service was 8 p.m., Thursday in the chapel of Myers Funeral Home, with Rev. Floyd Burger officiating. Family and friends assembled at 10 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2008 and proceeded to Center Cemetery for an 11 a.m. interment. Arrangements by Myers Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, TN.

Birdie Veal Martin was the granddaughter of Rev. Elisha Tucker and Martha Lavada Self Tucker. She was the great-granddaughter of John J. and Lydia Waters Self.