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, September 12, 2011


LILLIE PEARL LEE SELF GEDDINGS age 79, of West Knoxville, native of Monroe County, daughter of the late Harrison Cicero Self and Lizzie Cottrell Self Hawkins, went to be with the Lord Sunday, September 11, 2011. She was a long-time faithful member of Rocky Hill Baptist Church. Pearl retired from UTIA in 1993. She was also preceded in death by husband, Daniel A. Geddings, Jr.; step-father, Lloyd Hawkins; sister, Bonnie Mae Self Case; brother, Samuel Douglas Self. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Connie Diane Geddings and fiancé, Samuel S. Stalcup, Jr.; brothers and sister-in-law, Jake and Peggy Self of Madisonville, Frank Self of Knoxville; sisters and brother-in-law, Faye Strickland of Madisonville, Lula Burnette of Maynardville, Nellie Hawkins of Greenback, and Helen and William Gibby of Hermitage, Tennessee; special brother/nephew, Samuel Self, Jr. and wife Evelyn of Knoxville; niece, Sarah Self Bledsoe of Madisonville; many other nephews and nieces; special friends, Norma and Don Huddleston and Lucille Knight; her beloved pets, Daffy, Angel and Oreo. A special thanks to Brakebill Nursing Home for their wonderful care in her last few weeks. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Monday at Rocky Hill Baptist Church followed by a service at 7:00 P.M. with Dr. Terry Kirby officiating. The family and friends will meet Tuesday at Citico Cemetery, Vonore, Monroe County for an 11:00 A.M. graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory to: Rocky Hill Baptist Church Missions, 7409 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919. On line condolences may be made at Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

Friday, September 02, 2011


It's that time of year again... yes "it's football time in Tennessee". You are right, but it is also time for something else. The 26th annual Self Family Reunion will be Saturday, September 24 at the Pearson Springs Rotary Pavilion in Maryville, Tennessee. The pavilion is on Montvale Station Road. We will begin gathering around 3p.m. and share a covered dish meal around 4 p.m. Directions: on Hwy. 411 N. in Maryville, turn right at the Exxon station onto Sandy Springs Road. Pass Foothills School, turn left onto Montvale Station Road. Go approximately 1/2 mile. The pavilion entrance is on the left, just before Sandy Springs Park. Turn into the entrance and go down the hill to the pavilion parking lot. For more information call ph. 423-420-9253. Hoping to see you there!