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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 30, 2019
Tennessee lawyer and former American Bar Association president S. Shepard “Shep” Tate died on May 28. He was 101. A Memphis native, Tate attended law school at the University of Virginia. Following his graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he worked alongside the allied Chinese military during World War II. Tate returned to Memphis and began practice at Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC, where he remained until his retirement at the age of 90 in 2008. Tate served as president of the Memphis & Shelby County Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the American Bar Association. Among other accolades, Tate received the Lawyer's Lawyer Award from the MBA, the Alumnus of the Year Award from the NCBP, the Benjamin L. Hooks Award from the Memphis & Shelby County Bar Foundation, the William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award from the Fellows of the TBA Young Lawyers Division, the Estate Planning Council of Memphis Lifetime Achievement Award and the ABA Senior Lawyer's Division John H. Pickering Achievement Award.Visitation will be 1 p.m. on Saturday at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, with funeral services to begin at 2 p.m. The family asks that that, in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, the Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America, 171 S. Hollywood, Memphis, TN 38112 or the charity of the donor's choice.