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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Kenneth Clerence Grigg, age 68, of Alcoa, Tennessee, went home to be with his Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, early Tuesday morning, October 21, 2008. Ken was born June 9, 1940 in Knox County to the late Paul and Louise (Watkins) Grigg. He attended Fulton High School before joining the United States Navy and serving with Patrol Squadron One at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. Before his retirement, Ken owned Creative Plastering and worked throughout the Southeast on numerous construction projects; as his late brother, Bo, jokingly referred to him as the "World’s Great Surfologist." Ken was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying both football and baseball; but most importantly though, he was a member of and attended High Praises Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Paul and Martha Louise (Watkins) Grigg; sister, Dorothy Jean "Dot" Denton and her husband, John; brothers, Ernest Edward "Bo" Grigg, Bobby Lowell "Bob" Grigg, Herbert Eugene "Gene" Grigg, and two infant brothers. Ken is survived by his wife, Carolyn Taylor Grigg; children, Cevin Brown and wife, Susan; Courtney Fitzsimmons and husband, Tim; Cydney Waltermyer and husband, Rick; Chesney Thomas and husband, David; and Capt. (Ret.) Craig Taylor Brown, United States Army; grandchildren, Danielle Walker and husband, David; Chelsea Harris and husband, Johnathan; Samuel Waltermyer; and Jordan and Dakota Fitzsimmons; great-grandchildren, Austin and Chesney Harris; and David Paul and Alexis Walker; sister, Mary Lewis and husband John; nieces and nephews, Diana Selvage, and husband, Bo; Petie Denton and wife, Mae; Mary Lou Green and husband, Ronnie; Patty Loveless and husband, John; Jeff Grigg and wife, Lisa; Jay Wall and wife, Jill; Bobby Grigg; and Christie Humphrey and husband, Johnny; sister’s-in-law, Wanda Grigg, Pat Grigg, and Wilma Grigg; and numerous great-nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 23, 2008 from 5-7 p.m. at High Praises Church, 1601 East Broadway, Maryville. Funeral to follow at 7 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary, with Pastor Jackie Midkiff and Rev. Glen "Bo" Selvage officiating. Interment Friday, 11 a.m. at Grandview Cemetery, Maryville. The family requests no flowers, and suggests contributing to the Knoxville Area Rescue Mission in the memory of Ken.
Memorial Funeral Home, Maryville in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to