The church was packed on Sunday, December 17, for the 100th birthday celebration for Shep Tate, who was joined by members of his family. During the announcements, the Rev. Amy George shared some of Mr. Tate's many accomplishments during his lifetime. Following the service we enjoyed cake and visiting, handshakes and hugs.
A member of Grace Church when St. Luke's and Grace churches merged in 1940, Shep and his late wife, Janet, have been pillars of Grace-St. Luke's and as much a fixture as our beautiful stained glass windows. Speaking of windows, the Resurrection window on the east wall was given in memory of Mr. Tate's parents, Caroline Davis Shepherd and Stonewall Jackson Shepherd, by Mrs. Simpson Tate. The plaque in the Narthex that was given in grateful appreciation for the services rendered by the members of this parish in the armed forces includes S. Shepherd Tate (who was a Naval officer in World War II) and his brother Simpson Tate.
Every Scout Sunday, the Eagle Scout ring that Mr. Tate has now been wearing for 87 years is proudly shown, as it was on the 17th to members of the Boy Scout Troop 34 color guard who were in attendance. Grace-St. Luke's Troop 34 has long been known as the Eagle's Nest of the Chickasaw Boy Scout council. Other accomplishments include: a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, president of the Memphis Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and American Bar Association. Grace-St. Luke's is a better place because of S. Shepherd Tate. Happy Birthday!
To see pictures from the 17th and a video,