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, August 27, 2012


Lovenia Carroll, 71, a resident of Old Fort, TN passed away Saturday, August 25, 2012, in a local hospital. She was a member of the Berean Independent Baptist Church. She loved gardening, cooking, canning, and doing good for the sick and others. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Olive Self, and one brother, Verlin Self. Survivors include her spouse, Gale Carroll; one son, Michael Carroll of Old Fort; one grandchild, Devin Carroll of Old Fort; two sisters, Reba Guthrie and husband Frank of Cleveland, TN and Mildred Pannell and husband Steve of Pontotoc, MS; one brother, J. L. Self and wife Edna of Maryville, TN; sister-in-law, Donna Self, of Madisonville, TN; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2012, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home officiated by Pastor Roger Wagner. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens concluding with a white dove release ceremony. The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2012, at the funeral home. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Carroll family guestbook at