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 03, 2016


SELF, IVEN RAY, age 75, of Madisonville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Friday evening, February 26, 2016 surrounded by his loved ones. He was preceded in death by grandson, Bristin Self; parents, Cicero Burton and Susie Self; brothers, Joyce "Curley" and Richard Self. Survivors: wife, Patricia Self; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Herman Matoy, of Tellico Plains; sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Michelle Self,  Michael and Susan Self, all of Madisonville; grandchildren, Ashley and Andy Fuller, Josh and Shelby Ball, Shannon Self, Brianna Self and Isaac Self; great grandchildren, Jake Fuller, Justin Self and Natalie Ball; sister, Shirley Best; brother, Cecil Self, of Tellico Plains; several nieces and nephews; stepdaughter, Kelly Lones, of Madisonville. Funeral 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Tim Self officiating. Interment 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Center Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.