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, 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