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, December 17, 2012


Jerry Self, age 64 of Granite Falls, NC, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012 at his daughters residence in Cherryville, NC. He was a native of Graham County and the son of the late Riley and Zetta Anderson Self. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Adams Self in June of 2004. He is survived by his son, Riley Self of Lenoir, NC; his daughters, Bobbie Wilson of Wilmington, NC, Mary Bever of Tulsa, OK, Martha Pressley of Cherryville, NC, Geraldean Watson of Conover, NC; brothers, Benny Self of Robbinsville, NC, Mark Self of Hildabrand, NC; sisters, Becky Smith, Avis Servert both of Robbinsville, NC, Mavis Cody of Stecoah, NC, Pam Worley of Granite Falls, NC, and Dottie Smith of Pensacola, FL. He has 15 grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, December 17, 2012 at the Townson-Smith Chapel. The Reverend Max Turpin will officiate. Burial will follow at the Lower Yellow Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 till 2:00 pm Monday at the Chapel prior to the services. Townson-Smith Funeral Home, Robbinsville, NC is in charge of the arrangements. An online register is available at