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, January 13, 2017


UNDERWOOD, VIRGINIA (GEN) WALKER, age 62, of Tellico Plains, TN, passed away 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Sweetwater Hospital. She was preceded in death by parents, Roy and Mary Dovie Walker; grandparents, Ernest and Luana Duncan Miller; Viola McKenzie; nephews, Michael Fain and Dale Gourley. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Jamie and Ashley Underwood; sister and brother-in-law, Martha Lou and Harry Fain; brother, Charles Walker, all of Tellico Plains; special nephew and nieces, Zachary and Lesha Taylor, Elexus Fain; Jamie‚Äôs father, Homer Underwood, of Tellico Plains. Funeral  7:00 p.m. Thursday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Arthur Andrew Moser, Rev. Richard Self officiating. Interment 11:00 a.m. Friday, Citico Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN. ( Virginia Walker's mother, Mary Dovie Walker, died on December 6, 2016. See her obituary on this blog.)


WALKER, MARY DOVIE MILLER, age 85, of Tellico Plains, TN, widow of Roy L. Walker and oldest granddaughter of Dovie Self, passed away 4:23 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at U.T. Medical Center. Preceded in death by grandson, Michael Fain; parents, Ernest S. and Luana Duncan Miller; sisters, Sarah Bivens, Bertha Davis, Rosa Miller; brothers, Howard, Paul, Ernest, Jr., Arnold, Lester and Ray Miller; niece, Amanda Harris; nephews, Dale Gourley, Rusty Miller and Steve Harris; mother-in-law, Martha Viola McKenzie; sisters-in-law, Emily Walker, Alice Miller, Lillian Miller, Esther Miller, Lola Miller; brothers-in-law,  Beecher Miller, Roy Self, Gale Hawkins, Jimmy Walker. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Martha Lou and Harry Fain, Virginia and Homer Underwood; son, Charles Walker and loving dog, Sophia, all of Tellico Plains; grandchildren, Jamie and Ashley Underwood, Zachary and Lesha Taylor, Elexus Fain, Alexus Millsaps, Tori Taylor; sisters, Marie Self, Betty Miller, of Madisonville, Evelyn Ervin, of Tellico Plains; lots of nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Arlene McLemore, of Ohio, Charlotte Miller, of Madisonville;  brother-in-law, Fred Davis, of Tellico Plains. Funeral 7:00 p.m. Friday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Arthur Andrew Moser officiating. Interment 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Citico Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.