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, March 12, 2015


Self, Frank. W., age 85, of Knoxville, TN, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at his home. He was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by wife June Self; parents, Harrison and Lizzie Self; and six siblings. Survived by son, Mike Self; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Pam Self; grandchildren, Amanda Johnson, Michael, Jr., Daniel, Ashley, Stevie Jr. Self, and Stacy Wyrick; eight great-grandchildren; great-great grandson, Gabe Williams; brother, Jake Self; sister, Nellie Hawkins; brother-in-law, Bill Gibby; sister-in-law, Lenis Self; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to offer special thanks to the Caris nurses David and Melinda. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, March 13, 2015, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Rev. Glen Bruner officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Online obituary may be viewed at