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.

Monday, November 08, 2010


Self, J.R., age 85, of Vonore, went to be with the Lord 8:05 A.M. Saturday, November 7, 2010 at U.T. Medical Center surrounded by his family. Faithful member of Citico Missionary Baptist Church for 68 years. He loved his church and his true love of singing lead to serving as the song leader/choir director for over 30 years. His father, Wash Self, was pastor at Citico many years ago and his brother, Gus, was a deacon there when he died. Volunteering for service in the U.S. Navy, he was a veteran of World War II. Worked for the Monroe Co. Hwy. Dept and T.V.A. before he retired. Survivors, wife of 59 years, Armenda King Self, Sons & daughters-in-law, Donnie & Marcia Self, Gordon & Penny Self, all of Vonore, Grandchildren, Ben, Sarah & Dustin Self, Several nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Rev. George Washington Self & Vandoria Allen Roberts Self, sisters, Gracie Emma Self, Creed Earl Kirkland, Bessie Kirkland, Easter Dupes, Darcus Roselee Self, brothers, Gus H., Roy Lee & John Reece Self. Funeral 8 P.M. Monday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. David Lane & Rev. Marvin (Bud) Millsaps officiating. Interment 11 A.M. Tuesday, Citico Cemetery,with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post #5156 & D.A.V. #93. Family will receive friends 6-8 P.M. Monday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.