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, March 17, 2009


GRAVES, BEATRICE, age 93, of Harriman, TN, formerly of Tellico Plains, widow of Lee Roy Graves, passed away 1:55 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2009 at Roane Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late William Parker Cheeks and Martha Kirkland Cheeks. Survivors: son, David Graves, Chattanooga; grandchildren, Amanda Graves, Andrew Graves, Michelle and Maggie Graves; sister, Jessie Graves, California; brother, William Cheeks, Tellico Plains. Memorial service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Bill Moore officiating. Interment in Unicoi Cemetery. Family will receive friends 1-2 P.M. Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, TN.

Beatrice was the granddaughter of Jess and Ruth Josephine Self Kirkland and the great-granddaughter of John and Lydia Waters Self.