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, March 01, 2019


Polly Vietta Self Coada Stubblefield Hancox, age 80 of Maryville, Tennessee passed away Tuesday Morning, February 26, 2019 at Brookdale Sandy Springs Memory Care.  Preceded in death by parents, Roley and Vietta Sellers Self; husbands, Ray Stubblefield and Bill Hancox; daughter, Patricia Coada; brothers, Dallas Self, W.C. Self, Floyd Self and Earl Self; sisters, Leola Choate, Mary Truett, Lillian Choate, Johnnie Dailey and Bernice Ramsey.  Survivors include daughter and son in law, Vietta and Boyd Millsaps; 1 granddaughter, 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends including special friends, Teresa and George Gilbert.  Special thanks to Brookdale Sandy Springs Assisted Living and Clare Bridge Memory Care Unit and Amedisys Hospice.  Funeral service will be held 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019 at Miller Funeral Home Magnolia Chapel, Rev. Keith Ross and Jed Emert officiating.  Graveside service and interment 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.  Family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, Tennessee. (865) 982-6041,


Ella Cleo Self, 84 of Rockford, Tennessee went to be with the Lord Sunday, February 24, 2019. She will be missed by all who loved her! Preceded in death by husband, Bea Austin Self; parents, Tim and Nora Dossett. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Julia and James Potts, Nora Beth and Ricky Murr; sons and daughter-in-law,  Ronnie Self, Tim and Mary Self; grandchildren, Jimmy and Kara Potts, Jeff and Chere Ramsey, Scot and Lori Welch, Whitney and Osvaldo Bautista, Austin Self and Landon Self; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Ava Ramsey, Kyla and Ashlynn Lee, Jerek and Jude Welch, Lilly and Kate Potts, Lino and Sadie Bautista; sister, Wanda Malone; brothers, Charles Dossett, Johnny Dossett; several nieces and nephews; forever friends, Barbara White and Peggy Duggan; goodtime in laws, Harold and Barbara McLemore. Funeral service 8:00 PM Monday, March 4TH 2019 at Miller Funeral Home Magnolia Chapel, Rev. Charles Murrell officiating.  Graveside service and interment 2:00 PM Tuesday at Clark’s Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Monday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, TN.