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.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Anna Lucinda Smith Johnson, born August 7, 1918, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 23, 2014 surrounded by family at Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens. She was born in Monroe County but lived most of her life in McMinn County. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a longtime member of Union McMinn Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for several years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed reading the Bible through each year prior to her death. She was also a student of the Bible and read many commentaries and other books about the history of the Bible and its authors. She loved gardening and always had a vegetable and flower garden as long as she was able. She enjoyed sharing her vegetables and flowers with friends and family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Olas Johnson, on October 8, 1990, and an infant son, Olas Johnson, Jr, her parents, Mary Louisa Self Smith, and James T. Smith, sisters, Vian Smith, Nellia Smith, Viola Smith, Alice Smith, Ada Smith Henegar, and Mary Ruth Smith Anderson, and brothers, Alvin Smith, William Ernest Smith, and Riley David Smith. She is survived by one son, Douglas Johnson of Niota, one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Mark Lefler of Athens; one granddaughter and husband, Natalie and Richard Jason Knowles of Fayetteville, Georgia; and two great-grandchildren, Nathan and Noah Knowles of Fayetteville, Georgia; special nieces and nephews, Sandy Wyrick and husband Duane, Betty Tallent and husband Beecher, Carolyn Standridge and husband Glen, Joann Bledsoe and husband Billy, James Anderson and wife Marie, Margie Johnson Shell and husband Bill, and Janet Johnson Norwood, and several great nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Friday, April 25, 2014 at Union McMinn Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in Niota Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm, Friday at the church prior to the service.