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, March 29, 2017


William C. Hancox Jr. age 80 of Alcoa, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Kindred Healthcare – Fairpark. He was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church and loved the Tellico Mountains. William graduated from Porter High School. He worked in bakeries in Knoxville and retired from BTR. He loved working on cars and teaching the neighborhood boys how to work on them. Preceded in death by: Parents, William “W.C.” & Anna Hancox; Son, Billy Hancox. Survivors include: Wife, Polly  Self Hancox; Daughter, Laurie Wood; Grandson, Will Breeden. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 or Oak Street Baptist Church 218 Oakdale Street, Maryville, TN 37801 in memory of Bill Hancox. Family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Smith Trinity Chapel. Funeral service will be at 7:00 PM with Rev. Keith Ross and Rev. Jed Emert officiating. Family and friends will assemble for interment at 10:00 AM, Friday, March 31, 2017 at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, TN. 865-983-1000,

Friday, March 24, 2017


Virl Eugene (Gene) Self, of Maryville, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017, at the age of 85. Gene was a long time member of New Providence Primitive Baptist Church and was retired from A.L.C.O.A. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Maysel Hill Self; son, Ronald Lamar Self of Maryville; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Brenda Self of Maryville, Randall and Ingrid Self of Joao Pessoa, Brazil; granddaughter, Tabatha Wilson and husband Randy; grandsons, Adam and Ethan Self all of Maryville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy and Bob Hubbard, Mildred and Ken Potter. Gene loved being outdoors and in later years enjoyed working in his yard, especially with his roses.

Services will be held at New Providence Primitive Baptist in Maryville, Tennessee on Friday, March 24, 2017 with receiving friends from 1:00-2:30 pm, funeral at 2:30 pm with burial to follow in the Church cemetery. Ministers Tommy Self and Steve Whitehead officiating.