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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Barbara Jean Nichols of Sweetwater, TN went to be with the Lord, June 20, 2008. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. She will be remembered foremost for her strong Baptist faith and her love of family. She was a member of Gregory's Chapel Baptist Church. She was 68. Preceded in death by: father, Arnold Thompson; grandpar­ents who raised her, Matt and Lillie Thompson; and brother, Terry Bell. Survivors include: husband­ Caloway Nichols, who would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on Dec. 19, 2008; sons and daughters-in-law ­Darrin and Jill Nichols and Andy and Mandy Nichols; daughter and son-in-law ­Ennette and Anthony Martin; grandchildren- Adriane, Alesha, Abby, Connor and Lillie Nichols; mother, Marjorie Bell; sister and brother-in-law­ Clarice and Bobby McJunkins; brothers-Les, Mike, Chris and Jeff Bell; sisters-Pat Spaetti, Marilyn Wattenbarger and Carol Bell; numerous nieces and nephews. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, June 21 at Loudon Funeral Home, and the funeral followed. Burial was 3 p.m., Sunday, at East Sweetwater Freewill Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gideons International or Gregory's Chapel Baptist Church, 144 County Road 325, Sweetwater, TN 37874. Loudon Funeral Home, in charge of arrange­ments.

Barbara Nichols was the wife of Rev. Caloway Nichols. Caloway was the son of Wesley Nichols, son of Bartley Richard Nichols. Bartley Richard Nichols was also the father of Mary Nichols Self, wife of William Emery Self.