|Emil Shepherd Davis|
During his lifetime, he had 18 grandkids living in Chattanooga (including Andrew's mother Anne). Each Easter he would hide eggs all over his yard, and the grandchild who was lucky enough to find the golden egg received a dollar from Emil. His grandkids called him "grandpa." He and his wife, Katherine, often took Anne and one of her brothers on drives to give her parents a bit of a break.
Though Emil Shepherd Davis was the source of the name, Shepherd also has beautiful spiritual significance. Shepherds are ever-present in the history of both the Christian and Jewish faith. Abraham, Jacob, Moses and David were all described as shepherds. Moreover, on that magnificent night when Jesus entered this world as an infant, his birth was first announced to the shepherds in fields nearby. And what was their response? They went immediately to find Jesus, then told others all they had seen, and finally returned to their home glorifying and praising God (Luke 2:8-20). I cannot think of a better example for our son.
Louis worked in publishing, and he worked on all kinds of books, but spent a large portion of time working on Bibles. Although he himself was Jewish, he was a student of the Bible and knew it very well. Louis was quite artistic. He designed many book covers, and he loved to paint. He painted with oils and signed all of his works "Luigi" in one corner, and he painted a red rose in the other corner.
Louis loved food. Every night he asked his wife what was for dessert, as he needed "something cool to push down dinner." He enjoyed playing and watching golf, loving it most when he was able to play with Jeff.
More than anything else, though, Louis loved his family. He was a devoted father. At Jeff and Anne's wedding he served as best man, because he was truly Jeff's best friend. We pray that Louis's devotion to his family will serve as a guidepost for Shepherd throughout his life.