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.

Saturday, June 01, 2019


Jeff Self age 57 of Maryville, Tennessee, passed away, Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the family home. Jeff was a lifetime member of New Providence Primitive Baptist Church where he also served as a deacon. He loved God, his family and his church. Preceded in death by father, Eugene Self and granddaughter, Alaina England and father in law, Jim Miles. Survived by wife of 35 years Brenda Self; daughter and son-in-law, Tabatha and Randy Wilson; sons, Adam and Ethan Self; mother, Maysel Self of Maryville; brother, Lamar Self of Maryville, brother and sister-in-law, Randall and Ingrid Self of Brazil; mother-in-law, Virginia Miles; aunts and uncles, Mildred and Kenneth Potter, Katherine and Bob Hubbard, Katherine Hill; several nieces, nephews and special church family. Funeral service 6:00 PM Saturday, June 1, 2019 at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church Rev. Tommy Boring and Rev. Alex Smith officiating. Graveside and interment to follow at church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM Saturday at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, (865)982-6041.