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, May 23, 2008


Thomas George Self, age 62, of Madisonville,, TN passed away 12:10 P.M. Thursday, May 22, 2008 at his home. Longtime member of Citico Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon at one time. Retired from Alcoa Aluminum Co. in 2006 after 36 years. Member of Vonore Masonic Lodge #658 and the Knoxville Scottish Rites. Took great pleasure in playing with and caring for his two grandsons. Enjoyed buying and restoring antique and muscle cars, a hobby he shared with his two sons. Survivors, wife of 39 years, Brenda Millsaps Self; sons & daughter-in-law, Craig & Courtney Self, Dusty Self; grandsons, Cade and Cooper Self, all of Madisonville; sister & brother-in-law, Maryetta & Lonnie Millsaps, Vonore; brother & sister-in-law, Fred & Faye Self, Knoxville; sisters-in-law & brothers-in-law, Columbus & Artie King, Madisonville, Betty Tilley, Ruth & Dewey Moser, all of Madisonville, Reid & Carolyn Shirk, Vonore; several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Preceded in death by, parents, Gussie H. & Georgia Dupes Self; sister, Gracie Mae King; mother-in-law, Lucy Shirk; sister-in-law, Ruby Shirk; brothers-in-law, Harold West, Bill Tilley, J.B. Shirk, Austin Shirk. Funeral 8 P.M. Sunday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. J.A. Schaffer officiating. Interment 11 A.M. Monday, Mt. Zion Cemetery, Rev. Gale Miller officiating. Masonic service 7:45 P.M. Sunday, provided by Vonore Masonic Lodge #658. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church or Citico Baptist Church. Family will receive friends 6-7:45 P.M. Sunday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. TN.

Tom was the grandson of George Washington Self, the great-grandson of John Simpson Self and the great-great grandson of John J. Self.