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 27, 2011

Staff Sgt. David D. Self's Funeral was Thursday

Army Staff Sgt. David D. Self, who was killed May 16, 2011 ,in Afghanistan, was honored and remembered on Thursday in Pearl, Missisippi. The obituary is printed below. Links to more information and photos from the service are at the following sites:, or (TV Ch. 3, then do a search for David Self for video footage).

SGT. David Dwayne Self, 29, died Monday, May 16, 2011 from wounds sustained while serving in the US Army in Afghanistan. Funeral services are scheduled for 3 PM Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Chapel in Pearl. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 – 3 PM. Sgt. Self was a 2000 graduate of Pearl High School and was currently serving in the US Army where he had served several tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is survived by his father and step mother, Eddie F. Self and Kathleen Self of Pearl; mother, Linda Rhodes of Las Vegas, NV; sister, Kimela Shull and husband Greg of Pearl; step sisters, Lorene Thomas and husband Bill of Rogers, AR and Sherry Wilmouth and husband Russell of Pearl.

The family wishes to thank the community and everyone that has shown their support of them throughout this difficult time.