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, February 28, 2018


Betty Lou (Brown) Oody, age 74 of Loudon, Tennessee passed away Tuesday, February 27th at her home with her family by her side. Betty was a member of New Macedonia Baptist Church. For more than 25 years she co-owned and co-operated B & J cleaning services with her best friend, Jenny Curtis. She enjoyed flower gardening, and loved her family and friends. When you visited her home, you were well cared for and when you left, she made sure your clothes were clean and your belly was full. Most of all, she loved her Lord Jesus.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Mary (Gourley) Brown; brothers, Leroy Brown and Ralph Brown; sisters, Ruth Smith, Jenney Snow, Florence Brown and Edna Brown; brother-in-law, James "Darb" Oody. Betty is survived by her loving husband, Wayne Oody; sons and daughters-in- law; Doug and Wilma Brown, Steve Oody, Joey and Delores Oody; grandchildren; Chad and Shay Oody, Haleigh Oody, Joseph Potter, Hope Oody, Ashley Oody, Emily Oody and boyfriend, Holden Woods, Chad and Kasey Fairless; great grandchildren, Bryer, Baylor, Sebastyn, Kenzie and Ethan; sister, Sarah “Cotton” Runyon; brother-in-law and sisters-in law, Herbert and Pat Oody and Linda Oody.

Services honoring and remembering Betty will be held 7 PM Friday March 2 at the New Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Chad Oody officiating. Serving as pallbearers. Brad Brown, Kevin Brown, Chad Oody, Chad Fairless, Chris Oody, Jason Oody, Jeff Oody and Robby Oody. Interment will be 11 AM Saturday in Valley View Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Friday prior to the service at the church. McGill Click Funerals & Cremations, 1366 Highway 72 North, Loudon, TN in charge of arrangements