CPL. MONTENA HOLLIS FISH
Cpl. Montena Hollis Fish born on September 13, 1948 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Mr. Robert Hollis and Mrs. Frankie Ball Hollis, who survives.
Montena became a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church as a child, where she remained a member into her adult life. Montena attended Sumter County Schools and was a graduate of Sumter County High School c/o 1966. She later attended Fort Valley State University. She went on to begin a career with the Americus Police Department in 1973, where she was one of the first female officers. Montena served with the Americus Police Department until retiring as a detective in 2000 and began her career with the Sumter County Sheriff Department as a Deputy. In both law enforcement capacities, she served as a D.A.R.E. officer until her passing. During her many years of serving the community with a firm tone and caring heart of gold. Montena became affectionately known to many as the "DARE Lady" or "Mama Fish.” She found joy in serving her community not only by protecting and serving as an officer, but by being a part of so many young lives through working in the schools.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents: Ethel Seay Ball, Frank Ball, Bobbie Hollis and Cleve Hollis; her husband Harold Fish; a brother, Robert Brown; her uncle, Clifford Hollis, and aunt, Mattie Mahome; her nephew, Marcus I. Wilkerson; nieces, Lawanda Tombs; cousins, Willie Jean Ball, Johnny Frank Ball, Alta Ball and Barbara Seay.
In addition to her mother, Ms. Frankie Ball Hollis, Americus, GA; she leaves to cherish her memories, two siblings, Mr. Willis J. (Pat) Hollis, Americus GA, Ms. Sherra Faye Kendrick, Mount Clemens MI; her step sister Mrs. Dorothy Crenshaw (Jesse) Perkins of Americus GA; her sister-n-law, Ms. Carrie Brown, Plains GA; her aunts, Ms. Eula Mann and Ms. Wahid Hollis both of Americus GA; her nephews, Mr. Gregory C. (Valeri) Cleveland, II, Madison Heights, MI, Mr. Alvin (Sharon) Jackson, Jr., Powder Springs, GA and Mr. Derrick (Kimberly) Brown, Lilburn GA; her nieces, Crystal A Cleveland, Americus GA, Wendy (John) Adams, Plains GA and Wylinda Wilkerson; step nieces, Ms. Tammy Cleveland, Goldsboro, NC and Mrs. Tyeisha (Mike) Harris, Americus, GA; great nieces and nephews, Marcus I Wilkerson Jr, Matteo Cleveland, Jozef Cleveland, Franako Smith, Thaddeus Hall, Dion Brown, Jared Brown, Taylor James, Radesha Lewis, Isabella Cleveland, Zoya Cleveland, Brittany Jackson, A’Johna Adams, Brianna Hall, Jillian Brown, KarissaToombs, and Tyanna James; cousins, John Seay Jr. (Sonya, Ebony), Marianne Pitts (Lee, Lechel), Yohannes Hollis (Yohnnes Jr.), Geraldine Cherry (Yvonne Lowe, Cheryl Berryhill, Jehovah Kearse, Sandra Greene, Lawrence Kearse, Almeta Keys, Mattie Smith) , L.C. Ball (Gwendolyn Cross, Lucious Jr, Lorenzo), Willie Ball (Johnny Ball, Evelyn Foster) Fletcher Ball (Sarah, Felicia Lyons, Glenda Ball), Marcellous Ball (Sandra, Trevor, Tamara, Torry, Gregory), Mattie Ruth Carter (Yolanda, Jerome), Charles Ball, (Johnny Frank, Martha Glass), Edith Daniels (Patricia, Ivy, David, Rodney), Miller “Emma” Rush ((Tobi, Travis), Otis Seay (Otisa, Jermaine, Jarrel, Adrian) Zandra Stewart (Louis, Brian Travis, Luvin), Marilyn Manuel (Eddie), Gwendolyn Terry (Tomeika, Michael, Crystal), Deborah Bridges (Raymond, Lashondia, Antwan, LaToya), Leslie Rowell (Lavarus), LaShaun; special buddies, Sonny Owens, Calvin Mansfield, Charlie “Shine” Whitehead, William Asberry, Edna Whitehead, Willie Mae “Mae Mae” Smith, and Barbara Harris; her work children, Pam Oliver, Stacey Williams, Eric Bryant, Covery Hill and the whole SCSO family. A host of extended family of loving cousins, friends, and community.
The Timeless Tribute for Cpl. Fish is now available.