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Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

James Birdwell Self

March 11, 1924February 9, 2020
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James Birdwell Self, age 95, of South Knoxville, passed away February 9, 2020, at University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was a 1942 graduate of Young High School and enlisted in the United States Army in April 1943. He served as a Technician 5th Class with the Headquarters Company 1st Engineer Special Brigade. He served in the European Theatre, landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944, and in the Pacific Theatre during the invasion of Okinawa in April 1945.

He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and was a long time supporter of the University of Tennessee football and basketball teams. He was a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church for 70 years where he sang in the Celebration Choir and served as a deacon and treasurer for over 50 years. James was an Operations Officer with Park National Bank and retired from First American Bank.

Preceded in death by wife of 53 years, Lida Townsend Self, parents Thomas Kindred Self and Rachel Victoria Sharp Self, brothers, George David Self and Merle Thomas Self and sister, Ada Margaret Johnson.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Betty (Chester) Hood, grandsons, Steven (Lindsy) Hood and Philip Hood, great grandchildren, Chelsea, Patrick, and Brianna Hood, sisters, Barbara Broyles and Katherine (N.E.) Burleson and special friends Ralph Gouge and Janie Cormack.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sevier Heights Baptist Church Abundant Life Ministry, 3232 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 PM, Tuesday, February 11, 2020, in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home with a 3 PM Celebration of Life Service to follow, Dr. Hollie Miller and Rev. Charlie McNutt officiating. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery with military honors at the graveside. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. www.berryfuneralhome.com

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Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, February 11, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service

Memories

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Patty York-Goins

February 16, 2020

James was one of the finest men I have ever known. It seems like only yesterday that we were in Gatlinburg with him.

My deepest sympathy,
Patty York-Goins

CHARLIE VESSER

February 11, 2020

BETTY AND CHARLES VESSER SEND THEIR CONDOLENCES. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.

Cathy Stanfill Rauhuff

February 11, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Our families went to the old Sevier Heights Baptist Church for many years. May God comfort you during this sad time and in the days ahead.
Love and prayers,
Essie Stanfill and Family

Dwayne Frye

February 11, 2020

Betty, Chester and family,
Ramona and I are so sorry to hear of his passing. James was always one of my heroes, a hero in war and a hero in Faith. He and others from his generation set the bar for my development as a Christian. I have always had the greatest respect and appreciation for James and the example for Christ that he lived. My God Bless you during this temporary time of grief but we will meet again and rejoice together in Heaven.
Dwayne and Ramona Frye

Ron and Norma Mikels

February 11, 2020

We are so sorry to learn of James' passing. We both worked with him a Park Bank and I (Norma) worked with Lida at UT. Such wonderful people to have known. May God be with you as you grieve but know that your parents are together again with God.

Susie Logan

February 11, 2020

James was so faithful and kind! Such an honor to have known him! He sure set the standard high with his Christ-like example. Praise God for a life well lived. He will be greatly missed!
Our sincere prayers and sympathies for the family.

In His Grip,
Charles and Susie Logan

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