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 22, 2009


Colby Tyler Self, son of Stephen and Denise Self, graduated from Kindergarten at Vonore Elementary School on Thursday, May 21, 2009. The ceremony was held in the school gymnasium at 9 a.m. Approximately 80 students graduated along with Colby. Colby has one sister, Scarlett Marie Self. Scarlett served as an usher for the graduation program. She is in the third grade at Vonore Elementary. Colby is pictured above with his grandmother, Willie Self, right after the graduation exercises.


PATTY, RALPH "MIKE", age 59, of Madisonville, TN passed away 10:45 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2009 at his home. Preceded in death by parents, Hubert and Hazel Patty; sisters, Patsy Patty, Charlotte Rickerson; brother, Grant Patty; 2 infant brothers. Survivors: wife of 37 years, Carolyn Roberts Patty; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Charles Mangis, Madisonville, Deborah and Charles Edgemon, Sweetwater; Ellen and Junior Lynn, Anna Moser, Janey and Michael Sweet, all of Sweetwater, Alice and Lucio Aranda, Philadelphia; brother and sister-in-law, David and Rene Patty, Chatsworth, GA; several nieces and nephews; Funeral 1:00 P.M. Sunday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. John Butler officiating. Interment in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Unity Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 813, Madisonville, TN 37354. Family will receive friends 6-8 P.M. Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.

Note: Carolyn Roberts Patty is the daughter of the late Reba Self Roberts and Jake Roberts.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


We got back from Ukraine on May 7 and it has taken me awhile to get over the trip. I cannot seen to get into my regular routine too quickly. Plus I developed some sort of sinus infection right after we returned and that has made me feel poorly for the last several days. I apologize there has not been any news posted to this site in the last month or so. To be honest, not much has been happening, well that is newsworthy anyway. There have been several cemetery decorations in the area (Monroe County) in the last few weeks. I have not attended any. I was at the Citico Cemetery for a funeral on Saturday, May 16, before the Decoration Day was to be on Sunday the 17th. Several people were there decorating the graves and visiting with one another.
Decoration Day was held at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery on Sunday, May 10 (Mother's Day). Several kinfolks are buried in this cemetery. It was a rainy weekend and I was suffering from jetlag. I did not try to go.

Please pray for cousin Fred C. Self. He is in the hospital in Knoxville and cousin Ruth Bryant is in the hospital in Maryville.


Lillian Miller, age 64, widow of Ernest Jay Miller, Jr., of Madisonville,TN, passed away 12:24 A.M. Thursday, May 14, 2009 at her home. Member of Clifton Baptist Church. Survivors, daughters & sons-in-law, Teresa & Melvin Tucker, Tellico Plains, Linda & Dale Kirkland, Madisonville; sons & daughters-in-law, Eddie & Crystal Miller, Ernie & Mary Miller, all of Madisonville; grandchildren, Tiffany Moser, Daniel Miller, Nicky Myers, Cindy Miller, Jeremiah Tucker, Larissa Myers, A.J. Myers, JoAnn Hawkins, Eddie Ray Miller, Ashley
Kirkland, Dillon Miller, Kathy Mendiola; great-grandchildren, Triniti Alexis Tucker, Liliana Star Miller, Aaron Turek, Miguel & Andrea Gonzales, Sara & JoJo Mendiola; sisters, Judy Rogers, Madisonville, Doris Pordgon, N.C.; brothers, Bob Smythers, Tellico Plains, Bud Eury, N.C.; several nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by daughter Lesa Myers; parents James & Elnora Phillips Smythers; brothers, Harold Conklin & J.W. Smythers. Funeral 11 A.M. Saturday, Clifton Baptist Church, Rev. Michael McLemore & Rev. Danny Bucannon officiating. Interment Citico Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 P.M. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.