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, January 23, 2018


Becky Self Smith, 68, of Robbinsville, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, TN.
          A native of Graham County, she was the daughter of the late Riley and Zetta Self.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Cleo Sharpe, Tony Self, and Jerry Self.  Her sister, Pam Worley of Granite Falls, NC, joined her in heaven only a day after Becky passed away.
          She was a retired LPN and has provided care for many families in the area.  Becky was a member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church but had been attending Hosanna Baptist Church.
          She is survived by her children and their spouses, Steve and Crystal Garrett of Hickory, NC, Doug Garrett of Hickory, NC, Jeremy and Renee Swanson of Murphy, NC, J.W. and Grace Culbreth, of Robbinsville, NC, and Josh and Eva Culbreth of Robbinsville, NC; her sisters, Dottie Smith (Ray) of Pensacola, FL, Avis Severt and Mavis Cody (Johnny), both of Robbinsville, NC; and her brothers, Benny Self (Clarice Ann) of Robbinsville, NC, and Mark Self (Rita) of Hildebran, NC.  Her grandchildren are Tiffany Williams, Stephen Garrett, Carson Eller, Keilee Pressley, and Everlee Pressley.  She also has many special nieces and nephews.
          Funeral services will be held at 7:00 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Townson-Smith Funeral Home.  The Reverends Darrin Self and Max Turpin will officiate.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00pm at the Chapel, prior to the service.  Committal services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Lower Yellow Creek Cemetery.
          Townson-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Smith family.  An online register is available at