Hollis, the son of Fred and Marry Hollis of Sylacauga, grew up there and in Childersburg. He graduated from Thompson High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. He played semi-pro baseball in Oklahoma and Minnesota after high school, and worked for Investors Diversified Services in Minneapolis. He returned to Birmingham in 1964 and opened his landmark pizza restaurant, using the name of his best friend's brother, famed Giants infielder Jim Davenport. He also scouted for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- "Mr. Rex D. Hollis" obituary (May 26, 2009) The Daily Home