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.

Monday, February 17, 2020


Connie Louise Self Crucilla, age 59 of Decatur, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020 at her residence. A native of Cincinnati, OH and longtime resident of Meigs County, she was the daughter of the late David G. and Sallie M. Watts Self and was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Self; granddaughter, Kaylee McHone.  Survivors include her husband, Robert J. Crucilla of Decatur; three sons and daughter-in-law, Jeremy Scott and Christy McHone, Joshua and Krista McHone, Justin and Nicole McHone; seven grandchildren: Amber, Kima, Abbie, Destiny, Ayla, Judah, and Elijah; three brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Deb Self, Randy and Shelley Self, Robert and Nancy Self, Brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joseph Crucilla, Bernadette Crucilla. Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Lewis officiating.  Burial will follow in Watts Cemetery in Loudon. Pallbearers will be Robert Crucilla, David Self, Randy Self, Jeremy McHone, Joshua McHone, and Justin McHone. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. If you are unable to attend the visitation or service, sign the online guest registry at

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.

Friday, April 19, 2019


FANNIE LEE YATES BROOKSHIRE SELF, age 84, of Madisonville, Tennessee widow of Earl “Toad” Self and Ray Brookshire, passed away 4:10 a.m. Friday April 19, 2019 at her home. She retired from Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Lee Hutcheson. Survivors: Daughter and son-in-law, Regina and Troy Ramsey, of Madisonville; Son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Mary Brookshire, of Knoxville; Grandchildren, Belinda Moser, Chris Moser and wife Cassandra, of Madisonville, Joey Brookshire and wife, Angel, of Knoxville, Mary Beth Hutcheson, of Sweetwater, Katie Secrest, of Chattanooga; Great-grandchildren, Rhianon, Alex, Christa, Zack, Jaxson, Faith; Great-great grandson, Titan; Several cousins. Funeral 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 22, Lakeside Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Monday at Lakeside Baptist Church. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

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.

Saturday, November 17, 2018


HARMON, Doneta Jo, age 64, of Sweetwater, Tennessee passed away 9:40 A.M. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at her home. She is preceded in death by parents James & Thelma Self Jones, sister Linda Duncan, brothers Billy and Terry Jones. Survivors, Husband, Roy Lee Harmon; Daughters & sons-in-law, Shanan & Norman Lettieri, April & Joseph Lynn, Laura & Jason Wilkerson; Grandchildren: Shelby Elmore, Brodi Lynn, Jaylen Wilkerson, Joseph & Dakota Lettieri; Great- grandchildren: Ava and Addalynn Lettieri; Siblings, Bobby Jones, Gail Chambers, Barbara Gossage, Joyce Bidwell, Teresa Jones, Debbie Bahr; Several nieces & nephews. Graveside service & interment 2:30 P.M. Saturday, Forkners Chapel Cemetery, Rev. Kurt Presley officiating. Family will receive friends 1-2 PM Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.

Friday, July 27, 2018


Dolores Lucille (Brown) Johnson “Dee” age 84 of Lenoir City, TN,passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Wood Presbyterian Home in Sweetwater.

Dolores was born to the late John Washington and Mary Lydia (Shirk) Brown in Loudon, TN. She graduated Loudon High School and completed business courses before marrying her husband of 44 years, James Ralph Johnson (1999). While she and Jim lived in the Nashville area she enjoyed catering for many public functions. She also was a very talented painter, focusing her work on porcelain and china. She enjoyed membership with the Tennessee China Painters and the Painting Pals Guild of Nashville. Following the death of her husband, she returned to her hometown area where Dolores was a member of First Baptist Church, Lenoir City and a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her parents and husband, Dolores was preceded in death by her son, James Randall Johnson.

Survivors include her son and wife, Bryan Scott (Dora) Johnson; granddaughter, Hannah Lynn Loucille Johnson; brother and sister in-law, John L. “Injun” Brown (Willie), all of Lenoir City, sisters and brothers in-law, Joyce (Tom) Lusby, Loudon, Nancy B. Gossage, Gallatin and Linda and (Dr. Jim) Evans, Loudon; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services honoring and remembering Dolores Johnson will be held 7:30 PM Thursday, July 26th, McGill Click Chapel. Rev. Russ Stephens officiating.

Interment 11:00 AM graveside Friday in New Gray Cemetery, Western Ave., Knoxville.

The family will receive friends 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Thursday prior to the service at McGill Click Funerals & Cremations, 1366 Hwy 72 N, Loudon, TN.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


SELF, ARMENDA, age 86, of Vonore, Tennessee, widow of J.R. Self, passed away 4:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the home of her son, Donnie. She was a member of Citico Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Henderson and Sallie King; sisters, Bertha Patton, Offie Patton, Dovie Millsaps; brother, Leonard King; half-sisters, Gladys Duncan, Annie Millsaps; half-brothers, Elmer Woods, Roscoe Woods. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Donnie and Marcia Self, Gordon and Penny Self, of Vonore; grandchildren, Ben Self, Atlanta, GA, Sarah and Brannon Davis and Dustin Self; great-grandson, Weston Davis, of Vonore; sister, Faye Dunlap, of Maryville; half-sisters, Freida Gunter, of Madisonville, Mary Garrett; half-brother, Brodus King, of Vonore; several nieces and nephews. Funeral 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Dustin Self, Rev. David Lane officiating. Interment 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Citico Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, TN.