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, January 24, 2014


Ricky Allen Self, Sr. , age 54, of Englewood, Tennessee, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014 at a local hospital. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was a construction roofer for several years and was of the Baptist faith. He loved being outdoors, especially in the mountains, and enjoyed being around his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Keesha Raper of Madisonville, Rebecca Baldwin and husband Travis of Etowah, Ricky Self, Jr. and wife Michelle of Riceville, and Rocky Self and wife Rebecca of Athens; parents, William Millard Self and Betty Jo Martin; sister, Drenda Lankford and husband Ricky of Etowah; brothers, Steven Martin and wife Kathy of Etowah, Tony Self and wife Shirley of Cleveland, and Chris Self of Englewood. Several nieces, nephews and other extended family members and close friends also survive. Service: Funeral services will be conducted at 7pm Thursday, January 23, 2014, from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 5-7pm Thursday at the funeral home prior to the service. We invite you to visit the Self family guest book and send a message of comfort. Serenity Funeral Home, Etowah, TN.