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.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Marvin Ray Self of Athens, Tennessee died Tuesday, Nov. 8, in NHC of Athens. A native of Monroe County, former resident of Blount County and resident of McMinn County since 1956, he was a son of the late Carra and Hannah Young Carmley Self. He was a member of Eastanallee Baptist Church, and sang with several area quartets including the Gospelaires of Athens, appearing on Mull's Singing Convention, and was active in singing with the McMinn County Senior Citizens and will always be remembered for his bass voice. He was a former employee of Sterchi Brother's Furniture Company, Mayfield's Dairy Farms, Beaunit and he retired from Hammer Johnson Supply, Westinghouse-Athens Products, after 20 years of service. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean Conflict with the 11th Airborne Division as a clerk and also was a member of the Army Band. He was a member of American Legion Post #68; a member of Meridian Sun Lodge #50 F.&A.M.; a 32nd Degree Mason; a member of the York Rite Bodies (Chapter Council and Commandery); member of Chattanooga Consistory Scottish Rite of Free Masonery; former member of Alhambra Shrine Temple and was in the Chilhowee Clown Unit. He was a member and past patron of Athenian Chapter #159 O.E.S. and he and his wife were members of the Past Matrons and Past Patrons of Middle Tennessee O.E.S. He was 79. Survivors include: wife of 56 years-Mary M. Smalling Self; Son and daughter-in-law-David Ray and Tammy Self of Nashville; Daughter and son-in-law-Debbie and Alan Bohannon of Athens; Brother-Luke Carmley of Monroe County; Five grandchildren-Kimberly Faith and husband Steve Hazelwood, Angela and husband Joseph Boone, Brian Carra Self, Paige Self and Kelly Self; Four great-grandchildren-Olivia Hazelwood, Joshua Alan Hazelwood, Katlyn Bohannon and Cameron Boone. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Oran Creasman and Rev. Ralph Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow the service at McMinn Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Marlin Carmley, Pat McGinnis, Brian Self, Don Crabtree, David Pickens, Carroll Best, Wilburn Carmley and Andy Best. Honorary pallbearers will be Adult Men's Three Sunday School Class of Eastanallee Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Friday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens, Tenn. is in charge of the arrangements.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


Cousin Connie Geddings is the daughter of the late Lillie Pearl Self Geddings, who passed away on September 11 of this year. Cousin Connie emailed me three picures she recently came across in her mother's things. They are great pictures and I thank Connie for sharing them with us. The date on the pictures indicate the snapshots were taken around July 1962. All three were taken at Citico Cemetery in Vonore, Tennessee, probably at the gravesite of Harrison Cicero Self, husband of Lizzie Cottrell Self Hawkins. The first picture at the top is of Emery Self, Frank Self and his sister, Lula Self Burnett. The second picture is of Lula Self Burnett and her mother, Lizzie Cottrell Self Hawkins. The third picture is of:left to right Lula Self Burnett and son Harry, Frank Self and sons Mike and Steve, Douglas Self with son Samuel Jr., Lennis Self and daughters, Darlene and Debbie, June Self and Faye Self Strickland standing behind Lizzie Cottrell Self Hawkins and Barbara Strickland.