Voncile Thompson Sadka

March 19, 1926October 20, 2021

Voncile Sadka lived life on her own terms. She was not one to follow convention unless it suited her nature. She believed in honest communication, even when it was not convenient or polite. She loved a good story, and her face was etched in later years with laugh lines. She believed in hard work and with her own hands created an oasis on Dog River, where she lived for nearly 50 years: her unassuming home had a swimming pool, screened-in outdoor kitchen, rooftop deck, covered patio, cement boat ramp, covered boat dock, fishing pier, irrigated fishpond, and gazebo. She could frequently be seen in her home-built party barge fishing with friends and neighbors, crabbing, or enjoying a beverage on the bayou. She was generous to her friends and harsh with those who crossed her sense of right and wrong. She loved small children. She was the lone girl in a family of nine brothers, and she learned early how to work for what she wanted. One of her earliest jobs was as a welder in the Mississippi shipyards. She was the first licensed female barber in Alabama, and for years ran her own barber shop, which accounted for her easy and confident way with all people, whether they were friends or complete strangers. She barbered at the Coast Guard Station for several decades and worked into her late 80’s at Cheryl’s Barber Shop on Dauphin Island Parkway. She is survived by her daughter, Johnnie Dean Sadka, of Mobile. Her lively spirit and strong character will be missed – and long remembered – by all those she influenced and loved. A graveside service for Voncile will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in Pine Crest Cemetery.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021


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Lenny Hawkins

October 28, 2021

Myself and my brother have and always will remember Miss Sadka, our granny used to take us to her barber shop when it was and still stands on dauphin island Pkwy across from Driftwood Subdivision, the year we started going there was 1964, I was 9 and my brother was 6 and im now 66, Miss Sadka was such a nice friendly outgoing lady and a fine barber, she ask us that summer if we wanted to come over and swim in her pool, what a thrill that was for 2 young boys, and our granny took us numerous times for several years, within the past 10 years I would be on Dog River in my boat and would see her and her friends on her party barge fishing and would always stop and talk to her and remind her of her cutting our hair and us coming over and swimming in her pool and the fun we had. So Sorry to hear shes gone but she will be remembered with a smile from the many folks that knew her, R.I.P. Miss Sadka

Sandy( Sandra Brown) Gerth

October 25, 2021

Johnnie Dean, I remember you and your mom so well. I have often wondered what had happened to you all since the days at International Coiffures. My mother was Louise Brown. I am so sorry about Voncile . You both were quite colorful characters. You both always had a sweet smile on your face. My mom died 6 years ago. It's a tough time when you loose your mother. I will try to come to the graveside service . I would love to see you again. We will always have sweet memories . Let perpetual light shine upon her face and may the gates of heaven open wide to receive her.
Sandy Gerth

Linda Hilburn

October 22, 2021

Too many great memories of Voncile to mention here but one thing I'll always remember is the remodeling she did in momma's house-my inheritance-replaced kitchen countertop-closed in utility room & remodeled wall/floor-so every time I see this I'll think of Voncile Sadka
Linda Hilburn