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.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Ralph Corbin Tucker, of Plymouth, MI, passed away June 10, 2009 at the age of 91. He is the beloved husband of Thelma "Lillian" for over 66 years, they were married on November 28, 1942. Dearest father of Ralph Thomas(Carolyn)Tucker, Barbara (Dennis) Liske, Sandra(Dennis)Sweet and Lori(Kevin)Sullivan. Dear grandfather of 8 and great grandfather of 3. Dear brother of James(Sharyn)Tucker, Grace Tabor, Lila Ramey and Mary Bailey. Ralph retired from Ford Motor Company in 1980. He served his country in the Air Corp during WWII and he loved to spend time gardening. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 15, 2009, 10am at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main St., Plymouth, MI. Friends may visit Sunday 2-8pm. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association. Following the service at the funeral home, interment will take place at Michigan Memorial Cemetery with military honors.

Mr. Tucker was the son of the late James Willis Tucker and Lou Shaw Tucker and the grandson of Martha Lavada Self Tucker and Rev. Elisha G. Tucker. Martha Lavada Self Tucker was the daughter of John J. and Lydia Avaline Self.