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, February 21, 2010


Cousin Carroll Tucker, of Tellico Plains, TN will celebrate his 87th birthday, Monday February 22. Mr. Tucker was born February 22, 1923, son of the late Charles Jobe and Grace Hollingshead Tucker. He is a great grandson to the late John J. Self. He is a grandson to the late Martha Lavada Self Tucker and Rev. Elisha Tucker. Mr. Tucker lost his wife of 58 years, Prudie Tucker, on February 6 of this year. I had the honor of directing her funeral. The picture above was taken of Mr. Tucker and I at his home following the funeral. Happy 87th birthday Mr. Tucker!

Saturday, February 20, 2010


This is just a reminder for those who plan to attend the memorial service to honor John J. Self on Saturday, March 13 in Tellico Plains. Please call or email me (if you haven't already) if you plan on attending. I have heard from four or five who plan to attend. If you are not familiar with what this is going to be, please see the post I placed on this site on February 2. It explains everything.

Ph. 423-420-9253 or email

Friday, February 19, 2010


"Mr. Bert Self has accepted a position as head clerk in Uncle Charlie Lester's store about 1 mile east of Tellico Plains. Uncle Charlie says he couldn't do without Bert."
(Taken from "Tellico Plains News" MADISONVILLE DEMOCRAT Newspaper, Wednesday, November 20, 1929)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Reverend Carl Jackson Scoggins, 81, of Cleveland, passed away Monday, February 15, 2010 in a Chattanooga hospital. He was a minister of the Gospel and was a member of New Salem Baptist Church. He attended West Coast Bible College. After being called to preach in the 1950's he traveled to California to start the Bellflower Church of God. He also pastored in Nevada, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. He worked Tennessee youth camps, evangelized and served as a chaplain with the Tennessee prisons. After retiring he enjoyed his prison and radio ministries (WFLI) until his health declined.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence E. Scoggins, Sr. and Roseanna Goins Scoggins; brothers, Don Scoggins, Claude Scoggins, Bobby Scoggins and Clarence "Junior" Scoggins; and son-in-law, Larry Turner.

He is survived by his wife, Reba (Self)Scoggins of Cleveland; children, Theresa Turner of LaFollette, Carla Wright and husband, Steve of Chattanooga, Lynette Mahoney and husband, Thomas of Dunlap, Vonda McMinn and husband, Randy of Charleston; Jackie Scoggins and wife, Tera of Cleveland, April Sullivan and husband, John of Old Fort, Randall Fowler and wife, Brenda of Cleveland and Rick Fowler and wife, Susan of Ooltewah; 17 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; brothers, the Reverend Gale Scoggins and wife, Juanita and Dennis Scoggins, all of Cleveland; sisters, Wanda Cavett and husband, Leon of East Ridge and Barbara Knight and husband, H. L. of Cleveland; sisters-in-law, Charlie Mae Scoggins, Iona Scoggins and Syntha Scoggins, all of Cleveland; and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Sears and Pastor A.C. Cooper officiating. Interment will be Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. in Sunset Memorial Gardens with Pastor David Tuten officiating. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

His family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Scoggins family guestbook at

Saturday, February 06, 2010


PRUDIE N. TUCKER age 84, of Tellico Plains, TN, passed away 2:00 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Woods Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was of the Baptist faith and was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, with a great and loving heart and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Preceded in death by grandson, James Crowder; parents, Authur and Ada Crowder; sister, Magdalene Lynn, infant sisters, Genevieve and Annie Crowder; brother, Clarence Crowder. Survivors: husband of 58 years, Carroll Tucker; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Mike McKenzie; sons and daughter-in-law, Jim Crowder, Mike Tucker, Melvin and Teresa Tucker; grandchildren, Cheryl and Gary Russell, Shane Roller, Missy and Scott Jump, Kassandra and Benji Harris, Josh Crowder, Tiffany and Brian Moser, Amanda Crowder, Jeremiah and Serena Tucker, Felicia Watson; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Nellie Reisden; special cousin, Charles Blenkenship; special friends, Ocie Crowder and Clifton and Wanda Crowe; caregiver, Cindy Leviner; many other special cousins and friends. Funeral 8:00 p.m. Monday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Ollie Lankford officiating. Interment 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Piney Grove Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains.


Danny Phillip “Mac” McLemore, age 61, of Maryville, joined his Lord and Savior in Heaven on Thursday, February 4, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. Danny was a wonderful, loving, and devoted father. He was also a caring and son, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be sadly missed by all. Preceded in death by parents, Elbert and Ella McLemore; sister, Shirley Bryant; brothers, Eddie and Jimmy McLemore. Survived by his daughter, Mindy McLemore Hargett; sister, Agnes Potter; brother and sister in law, Harold and Barbara McLemore; sister, Delores Webb; sister and brother in law, Nadine and Larry Booth; sisters in law, Marie and Marianne McLemore; several nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces and cousins; special friends, Danny Walker and Sandee Kincaid. Funeral service 8:00 PM Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Miller Funeral Home Cedar Chapel, Rev. Scott Campbell officiating. Interment service 3:30 PM Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Saturday at Miller Funeral Home,

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Dear Self family member…

You are cordially invited to participate in a Memorial Service honoring our ancestors, John J. and Lydia Avaline Waters Self.The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the Giles-Roberts Cemetery at Rafter, in Tellico Plains, Monroe County, Tennessee.The service will begin at the cemetery at 11:00 a.m.
John J. Self died March 5, 1910. This memorial service will commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death. (I was hoping to have the service on March 6th, but circumstances necessitate it to be later.)

Those who wish to travel together to the cemetery should meet either at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, 4650 Hwy. 411 Bypass, in Madisonville, by 10:00 a.m. or at the Hardees Restaurant in Tellico Plains, located at 127 Bank Street, Tellico Plains (which is on the left of Hwy. 68 as you get into Tellico Plains), no later than 10:30 a.m. We will leave Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville at 10:00 a.m. and stop briefly to pick up anyone waiting at Hardees in Tellico Plains at 10:30 a.m. We will arrive at the cemetery just before 11:00 a.m. The service will be fairly brief. Time will also be spent looking at the graves of other relatives. Please bring a lawn chair if you will need seating and an umbrella, since we will have the service regardless of the weather (rain or shine). If it rains a lot, we may gather at a local church. We will cancel if it should snow. It will then be held on March 27. Please call to confirm before driving a long distance to attend.
We may return to Tellico Plains following the memorial service and stop at a restaurant in town for lunch if there is enough interest among those who attend.

Directions to the cemetery are provided in case anyone would rather meet us there. Take the Cherohala Skyway off Hwy. 68 in Tellico Plains and go toward the mountains. Turn left onto Hwy. 360 and cross the Tellico River bridge, just out of town. Turn right at the gas station just after crossing the river bridge. This is the road to Rafter. Travel approximately 9 miles. You will come to the Rafter Fire Hall and Community Center. Turn right at the fire hall. The drive into the cemetery is the first road to the left. It is a short road and there is limited parking. Some of us may have to park at the fire hall and walk the short distance to the cemetery. It is not a long walk.

Please R.S.V.P. by March 5, 2010 to let me know if you are planning to attend the memorial service. You may call to Ph. 423-420-9253 or e-mail me at

I look forward to seeing you Saturday, March 13, 2010.

Barry Self