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, September 27, 2013


Brittany Cheree Self will marry Steven Edward Purdy in a ceremony scheduled for Saturday October 12, 2013 at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 100 Woodlawn Church Road, Lenoir City, Tennessee. The ceremony will begin at 2:00 P.M.. Cheree Self is the daughter of Kenneth Self and the granddaughter of J.L. and Edna Self of Maryville, Tennessee.

Monday, September 23, 2013


Edie Mae Barry, 65, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 22, 2013 surrounded by family after a brave battle with cancer. She was a 1966 graduate of Everett High School in Maryville, TN. She earned a BA in Spanish and an MA in ESL from UT Knoxville. She taught ESL for many years and retired in May of 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sanford and Ola Mae Self, and mother-in-law Esther Barry. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, David Barry; sons Greg (Kathy) Barry and Ben Barry; brothers-in-law Doug and Ben Barry; father-in-law John Barry and Julia 'Aunt Liz' Barry; sisters Betty (Hugh) McCall, Phyllis (Marvin) Loveday; brothers Jim (Martha Cross) Self, and John (Susan) Self; numerous nieces and nephews from both sides of the family, and many wonderful and devoted friends. She was a member of Woodland Park Baptist Church, and was a devoted follower of Christ. She had a heart for missions and generously supported many domestic and foreign missionaries. Her family was the most important thing in her life, after her relationship with Jesus Christ, and she showed her devotion to them tirelessly in many different ways. The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday at The Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View Chapel. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Larry Williams officiating. The interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the George Ayoub Family at Commission To Every Nation, P.O. Box 291307, Kerrville, TX 78029-1307. Edie helped support this missionary family and they were dear to her heart. Please share your thoughts and memories online at Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Harvey Lindberg Kiser, 67, of Newburg, PA died Friday, September 13, 2013 in the Chambersburg Hospital. He was born February 14, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Harvey was a son of the late Walter Barnes and Rose Evelyn Self Kiser. Harvey was a retired Truck Driver from ABF in Carlisle. He was a member of the Big Spring Masonic Lodge # 361, F & A.M., a life member of both the Minnequa Social Club in Shippensburg and the Walnut Bottom Rod & Gun Club. He was an avid Bengals and Cowboys fan. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Irene Hayes, a sister, Louise Yust, and a brother Richard Kiser. Harvey is survived by his wife, Barbara L. Mooney Kiser, one son, Alex R. Kiser and his wife Heidi of Frisco, TX, three daughters, Kim B. Corro and her husband John of State College, Tina M. Shafer and her husband Travis of St. Thomas, and Connie Rose Davis and her husband Mark of Burkburnett, TX, eleven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two brothers, Walter Kiser of Lake Charles, LA, and Terry Kiser of WA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, Shippensburg at 2 p.m. Officiating will be The Rev. Paul K. Hauk. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the services in the funeral home and Masonic services will be conducted by the Big Spring Lodge at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 18.

Monday, September 16, 2013


COOPER, ERSIE CORDELIA, age 92, of Vonore, TN, widow of Lee Willard Cooper, went home to be with her Lord 5:10 a.m. Sunday, September 15, 2013 at home. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Preceded in death by infant son, Randy Lee Cooper; granddaughter, Sharon Butler; parents, Emery and Mary Self; sisters, Bessie Bibee and Lucy Hill; brothers, Lawson and Bill Self. She is survived by 8 children; daughters and spouses, Shirley and John Butler, of Madisonville, Peggy and Alvin Thomas, Lovonda and Jim Fowler, of Vonore, Darlene and Roberts Russell, of Loudon; sons and spouses, Ronnie and Molly Cooper, Reece and Cindy Cooper, of Madisonville, Randall and Donnie Cooper, of Vonore; 21 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; several special nieces and nephews; her church family and the caring staff of Amedisys Hospice of Sweetwater. Funeral 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Rev. Dennis Robinson, Rev. John Butler, Rev. Tommy Self officiating. Interment 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Mt. Zion Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013


The 28th annual Self Family Reunion will be held Saturday, September, 28, 2013… Pearson Springs Rotary Pavilion, Montvale Station Road, Maryville, Tennessee. We will gather around 3:00 p.m. and eat around 4:00 p.m. Bring a covered dish and a good appetite and join us. For more information call Ph. 423-420-9253. Directions: On Hwy. 411 North in Maryville, turn right at the Exxon station, onto Sandy Springs Road. Pass Foothills School, turn left onto Montvale Station Road. Go approximately ½ mile. The pavilion entrance will be on the left, just before Sandy Springs Park. Bring lawn chairs! Only benches are available for seating. Restrooms are on site. We hope to see you there.