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.

Friday, March 01, 2013


Ola Mae (Connatser) Self, age 95, of Louisville, Tennessee, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the family home. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church for 70 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, O.W. and Florence Mize Connatser; husband, Sanford Self; loving stepmother, Faye Rhyne Connatser; baby daughter, Joyce Marie Self; sister, Una Faye Connatser; brothers, Alton, Roy and Fred Connatser. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Hugh McCall, Phyllis and Marvin Loveday, Edith and David Barry; sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Martha Self and John and Susan Self; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ernest, Paul, Owen and Lemuel Connatser; sisters, Laura and Ruby Connatser; numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Dr. John Cooper, Dr. Jeffrey Johnson and UT Hospice for their excellent care. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Smith Trinity Chapel. Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Kenny Armstrong officiating. The family and friends will assemble directly following the service at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for the interment. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Beech Grove Baptist Church or to Beech Grove Church Builders on Missions, 1519 Topside Road, Louisville, TN 37777. Arrangements by Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000,