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.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


We have a new cousin. Henry James Large was born November 26, 2017. He is the son of Karie Hill Large and Charles Large. His big sister is Olivia Large. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Duane Hill, of Tullahoma, TN.


Betty (Self) McCall, age 79, departed from her home in Maryville, TN, peacefully, without fear with her spiritual belief guiding her. She brought joy, love and loyalty to all that knew her, whether for an hour or a lifetime. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She became a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church and accepted Christ at an early age. She was a 1956 graduate of Everett High School and married Hugh McCall in 1974. In February of this year, they celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sanford Self and Ola Mae (Connatser) Self; sister, Edith (Self) Barry; brother, John Self. Left to cherish her memory are husband, Hugh McCall; daughter, Alicia (McCall) Crabtree and husband David; granddaughters, Ashley and Makenzie Crabtree; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Maryvin Loveday; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Martha Self; sister-in-law, Susan Self; sister-in-law and husband, Susie and Max Lewis; sister-in-law, Kay Hanshaw; special friends from Utah, Jeff and Dianne Colvin and daughter Danielle Colvin; and many other loving family members. To name her many friends would be like trying to count the stars on a clear night. The family wishes to thank the employees of Amedisys Home Health and Hospice, they were truly amazing all year. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m on December 2, 2017, at Beech Grove Baptist Church (1519 Topside Road, Louisville, TN 37777) with the receiving of friends/fellowship to follow in the Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Louisville Christian Assistance Center (LCAC), in care of Donna Connatser, 2942 Topside Road, Louisville, TN 37777.


MILLER, ANN, age 93, of Huntsville, AL, formerly of Madisonville, widow of Boyd Miller, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Crestwood Hospital, Huntsville, AL. She was a member of South Madisonville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by parents, Marvie Lee and Mattie Nichols; sister and brother-in-law, Nellie and Albert Harris; brothers, Howard Nichols, Rex Nichols. Survivors: sons and daughter-in-law, Bobby Miller, of Humble, TX,  Ronald and Billie Miller, of Tunnel Hill, GA; grandsons, Ronnie Miller, of Rocky Face, GA, Andrew Miller, of Atlanta, GA; 2 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; sister and brothers-in-law, Pauline and Bill Homer, of Huntsville, AL, Stanley Miller, of Madisonville; brother and sisters-in-law, Will Nichols and Tula Nichols, Shirley Nichols, both of Hamilton, AL, Dot Miller, of Madisonville; several nieces and nephews. Graveside service and interment 2:00 p.m. Friday, Haven Hill Memorial Gardens, Rev. Rick Harris officiating. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.