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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Tommy Thomas, husband of the late Mildred Nancy Catherine Miller Thomas, who passed away on July 28, will celebrate his 89th birthday on Friday, August 19. Tommy was born in Madisonville, Tennessee and until a couple of months ago he lived in the same house where he was born on the outskirts of town. He is now living in an assisted living facility in Sweetwater. Tommy is pictured above with his late wife Mildred. Mildred is also pictured in a separate photo. The third photo is of the wood stove that sits in the kitchen of the Thomas home. My wife and I have spent many wonderful times sitting around this wood stove, talking and visiting with Tommy and Mildred. Mildred was a wonderful person and so is Tommy. We congratulate him on his 89th birthday. The photos are compliments of Billie Miller of Tunnel Hill, GA.


I suppose being over a month late in posting this obituary is not too good, but I only recently learned of the death and it took me awhile to locate the obituary to post it. Our sympathy is extended to the family.

Cleo Marie Sharp, age 77 of Andrews, NC passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011 at Murphy Medical Center in Murphy, NC. Mrs. Sharp was a native of Vonore, TN but lived most of her life in Cherokee County, NC. She was the daughter of the late Riley Columbus and Nelia Anderson Self. Cleo retired from Andrews High School where she worked in the cafeteria. She enjoyed working in her yard with flowers and quilting. Cleo was a member of the Valleytown Cemetery Chapel. Mrs. Sharp was preceded in death by her husband, Lewin Columbus Sharp and one brother, Tony Self. She is survived by four sons: Ricky Sharp and wife, Joann of Robbinsville, Mike Sharp and wife, Paula of Andrews, Tim Sharp and wife, Lou of Nantahala and Darren Sharp of the home; one daughter, Sherry Bryant also of the home; three brothers, Bennie Self and wife, Clarice Ann of Robbinsville, Mark Self and wife, Rita of Hickory, NC and Jerry Self of Hickory, NC and five sisters: Dotty Smith and husband, Ray of Pensacola, FL, Becky Smith of Robbinsville, Pam Worley and husband, Frank of Hickory, NC Avis Severt of Robbinsville and Mavis Cody and husband, Johnny of Robbinsville and five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM, Sunday July 10, 2011 at the Valleytown Cemetery Chapel. Rev Ronnie Crisp will officiate. Special music will be provided by Johnny and Mavis Cody and the Valleytown Cemetery Chapel Quartet. Interment will be in the Valley River Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rick Anderson, Bill Self, Darrin Self, Bruce Rose, Gary Rogers, and Ray Evans. Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck VanGorder, Bill Phillips, David Whitaker and Mark Self. The family will receive friends 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the Townson-Rose Chapel in Andrews, NC where Mrs. Sharp will remain until being placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the service hour. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300, Frisco, TX 75034.
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Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.