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, May 01, 2015


Elsie Bernice Ward Breeden, age 84 of Vonore,  TN received her wings on April 30, 2015. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and was employed at Lakeshore Mental Health for 37 years. Elsie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and was always there for her family.  Preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Robert Breeden; parents, Joseph and Bertha (Self) Ward; grandson, Jeff Gentry; siblings, Betty Jo Kennedy, Charlie Ward, JC Ward and Clifford Ward. She is survived by her daughters, Linda and Brunner Gentry, Martha and David Godsey, all of Vonore; sons, Bobby Breeden of Vonore, Danny and Linda Breeden of Calhoun, Bobby Joe and Diane Shutt of Madisonville; brother, Gid (Bud) Ward of GA.; her longtime companion, Chester Price of Knoxville. She was also grandmother to 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday at Oak Grove Baptist Church with interment following. Family will receive friends Saturday, 5:00 - 7:00 at Loudon Funeral Home.