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, February 18, 2011


Charles R. Self, age 88, of Maryville, Tennessee passed away this past Tuesday. The photo above was one I took of him and his son, Raymond at the annual Self Family Reunion in Maryville, Tennessee this past September. "Charlie" was the son of John Simpson Self and Julie Annis Bowers Self. He will be buried tomorrow at Red Top Cemetery (Chilhowee Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery) in Blount County, Tennessee with full military honors. Sympathy is extended to the Self family.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Charles R. Self, age 88 of Maryville, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at Morningview Transitional Care. He was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II in the Pacific Theater where he was decorated with a Bronze Star serving under General Douglas McArthur. Preceded in death by wife, Gussie Mae Self; daughter Joyce Self; sisters, Ruth Bryant, Bonnie Rogers, Ella McClemore, Bertha and Angie Self; brothers, Bluford, Sanford, Austin and Douglas Self. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Raymond and Sue Self of Sevierville, Howard and Sylvia Click of Louisville; son, James Chandler of Greenback, daughters, Lorane Potter of Blount County and Shirley Huskey of Virginia; grandchildren, Greg Self , Roxanne Shellabarger, Trista Davis, Heather Suess, Nicole Cole, Karrie Whitehead, Stacie Hill, Tony Potter and Quinton Potter. 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; brother J.S. Self of Rockford; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m. Friday February 18, 2011 at Morning Star Baptist Church with Rev. Shane Bryson officiating. Family and friends will meet 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Chilhowee Primitive Baptist Cemetery (Redtop) for the interment with full military honors. The family will receive friends 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday at Morning Star Baptist Church, Maryville, TN. McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home,865-982-6812

Tuesday, February 01, 2011


I received this photo and little note recently from cousin Duane Hill. He writes "The Self musical talent skipped me...but, hey...take granddaughter Olivia is destined for the Grand Ole Opry!!!!" I believe he is right. Olivia may be the next Dolly Parton.