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, September 29, 2017


Charles Robin Brown, age 49, of Maryville, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 23, 2017. He is survived by his daughters, Carrie Ann Brown and Lillian Brown; granddaughter, Annabelle Whaley; parents, Charles R. Brown and Vina Lou Janeway Brown; sisters, Brenda Prather, Joyce Janeway, Chesney Thomas, and Cydney Waltermeyer; brothers, John Janeway, Craig Brown, Gabe Brown, and Aaron Brown; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside service and interment will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, September 29, 2017 at Maple Grove Cemetery, with Rev. Gabe Brown officiating. Family and friends may come by the funeral home from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, TN. (865) 982-6041


The annual Self family Reunion was held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Pearson Springs Rotary Pavilion in Maryville, TN. A few photos of those who attended are shown here. Approximately 65 attended this year. Some of the photos could not be posted due to the poor quality. The camera was not working well part of the time and some photos were not good enough to post. I do apologize if you were there, but your photo is not included here.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017


Karen Marie Loveday Hartgrove, 44 of Maryville passed away August 29th 2017. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, James Sanford Self and Ola Mae Connatser Self of Louisville, A.C. Loveday and Ellen Plemmons Loveday of Wildwood. Karen is survived by her three beautiful children, Morgan, James and Madi Hartgrove and estranged husband Todd Hartgrove. She is also leaving behind her parents, Marvin Loveday and Phyllis Self Loveday; brother, Brent Loveday and his wife Janie Valentine Loveday; sister, Lenita Loveday Huntley and her husband Joshua Huntley; nephew, Chad Loveday and his wife Elizabeth; great-niece, Evie Loveday; niece and nephew, Martina and Grayson Huntley. A viewing and visitation for friends and family will be held on Tuesday September 5th at the Life Event Center behind Smith Funeral and Cremation Service from 5:00 until 7:00. Family and close friends are welcome to attend as Karen is laid to rest at Sherwood Memorial on Wednesday September 6th at 2:30 in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the victims of Hurricane Harvey at Arrangements by Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, 865-983-1000