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.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Lavada Ray Self, age 88, of Maryville, Tennessee, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013 at Northhaven Healthcare Center. She was a faithful and working member of Mt. Tabor Baptist church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Preceded in death by: Husband, Emory G. Self; Parents, William M. & Eliza Greene; Three Sisters; and Three Brothers. Survivors include: Daughters & Sons-in-law, Sharen & Dennis Watson and Karen & Charles (Sonny) Wilson; Grandchildren, Michael Wilson, Adam Watson, Taylor Watson, and Joseph Watson; Great-Granddaughter, Cadie Wilson; Brother, Charles E. Greene. Funeral service will be at 7:00 PM, Friday, August 23, 2013 at Smith West Chapel with Rev. Butch Cooper and Rev. Don Woody officiating. Family and friends will assemble for interment at 1:00 PM, Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, Friday, August 23, 2013 at Smith West Chapel. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000,