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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Sarah Self and Brannon Davis were married on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Living Life Event Venue in Philadelphia, Tennessee. Sarah is the daughter of Donnie and Marcia Self of Vonore, TN. She is a 2010 graduate of Sequoyah High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree, with a major in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2014, and her master of science degree in elementary education from UT in 2015. Sarah is currently a third grade teacher at Madisonville Intermediate School.

Brannon is the son of Chris and Trudy Davis of Vonore and James and Kim Davis of Sweetwater, TN. He is a 2002 graduate of Sequoyah High School and is currently employed as a welder at New Dimension Towers.

Monday, July 18, 2016


Wayman, Steven D., age 63, of Maryville, TN, passed away 11:46 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Blount Memorial Hospital. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Broadway Baptist Church. Preceded in death by father, Dwight Wayman; step-father, Mark Linton. Survivors: wife, Linda Wayman; sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Lindsay, of Seymour, Michael and Brittney, of Vonore; grandchildren, Kelsey, Tiffany, Bentley, Callie, Weston, Olivia, Jaxon; mother, Lucile Hunt Linton, of Tellico Plains; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janice and Dennis Calhoun, of Benton, Arkansas, Lynette and Mike Atkinson, of Pearl, MS; aunt, Ellen Harrison, of Maryville; many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or American Kidney Foundation. Graveside service and interment 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oak Grove Friends Cemetery, Rev. Scott Knight officiating. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.