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.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Mrs. Lula P. Burnette, age 92 of Luttrell, Tennessee, a native of Monroe County went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, February 18, 2015.She was a faithful member of Ailordale Baptist Church and was a retired employee of the University of Tennessee since 1989. Lula was the daughter of the late Harrison Cicero Self and Lizzie Cottrell Self Hawkins; also preceded in death by husband; John C. Burnette; step-father, Lloyd Hawkins; sisters; Blonnie Mae Self, Lillie Pearl Lee Self Geddings, Faye Self Strickland, Helen Marie Self Gibby; brother, Samuel Douglas Self; sister-in-law, Peggy Moses Self; grandson, Christopher Burnette. Survivors: sons: Harry Burnette and wife: Karon of Clinton; Larry Burnette and wife: Tina, two-granddaughters; Kaitlyn and Stephanie Burnette, all of Luttrell. Brothers: Frank Self, Knoxville; Jake Self, Madisonville; sister, Nellie Self Hawkins, Greenback; brother-in-law, William Gibby, Nashville; sister-in-law: Lennis Self, Knoxville; special brother, Samuel Self, Jr. and wife: Evelyn; special niece, Connie Geddings Reese; several other nieces, nephews and other family members. The family would like to express their special thanks to Anna Todd and staff at Tender Loving Care of Maynardville for their special care given during the past five years. Due to weather conditions, the family will receive friends 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015 with funeral service to follow at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Cooke-Campbell Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Calvin Headrick officiating. Interment will follow at Ailordale Cemetery, Maynardville. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville, TN.