Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Retired Jacksonville Exec Killed While Changing Tire; Man, 49, Found Dead in 'Senseless' Shooting East of I-95 on Georgia 99

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Retired Jacksonville Exec Killed While Changing Tire; Man, 49, Found Dead in 'Senseless' Shooting East of I-95 on Georgia 99

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Byline: Terry Dickson & Dana Treen

When Richard Hollis retired a month ago, the 49-year-old planned for it to stick. His wife said she would wait and see.

But he was shot and killed while changing a tire early Monday beside Interstate 95 in Georgia, bringing a brutal end to the future of the former Jacksonville Bubba Burgers executive.

Police responding to a 7 a.m. call found Hollis dead and leaning against his car on the shoulder of Georgia 99 just east of the interstate interchange, Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said.

A jack was under Hollis' Toyota Camry and a flat tire he was changing was off the car.

His wallet was missing, his wife said.

Hollis was on his way to see his brother in Raleigh, N.C., his wife, Rhonda Hollis, said at their home off Kernan Boulevard.

"He kissed me. He told me he was going," she said. "He called me at 4 o'clock in the morning to see that my alarm went off."

A police dispatcher on the way to work at 5:30 a.m. in Georgia saw him walking around his car, Doering said.

About 6 a.m. another witness saw a small sedan, maroon or red with a round manufacturer's emblem on the rear, pull away from the side of the road near Hollis' car and drive onto I-95 headed north.

The description was vague, police said. They did not have a make or model Monday.

Police were called when another passing motorist saw Hollis leaning forward and became alarmed that he was completely motionless.

They called 911, Doering said.

"It's just so senseless," Rhonda Hollis said. "He would have given them his wallet, he would have given them his car."

Generosity was a hallmark for Richard Hollis.

He coached his son Jordan and his son's friends at baseball, eventually volunteering as an assistant at high schools in Jacksonville and northern St. Johns County. His family said he bought countless pairs of baseball cleats for players who needed them and mentored friends of his son when they might be in a scrape. …

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