BETA

People in the Church

Centenarian

Robert Fulton Brannen Sr., high priests group secretary in the Savannah 2nd Ward, Savannah Georgia Stake, celebrated his 101st birthday on Dec. 19. He was born to Mitchell Stephen and Eula Rocter Brannen in Brooklet, Ga. Brother Brannen was baptized at age 64. He and his wife, Flora, were sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple in 1968 and have four children. He worked as a blacksmith for the Georgia Railroad after graduating from what is now Georgia Southern University.

Government

Thomas C. Perry, a senior analyst with the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), is the recipient of a national Assistant Comptroller General award for sustained work and leadership. A member of the bishopric in the Edison Ward, Kennewick Washington Stake, he was cited for his contributions to GAO's work at the Department of Energy in the nuclear energy area. His contributions resulted in $1.7 billion in federal savings.

Mayor H. Brent Coles of Boise is serving as the president of the United States Conference of Mayors. The conference is a nonpartisan organization representing cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Mayor Coles has been the mayor of Idaho's capital city since January 1993.

Music

Ethan Halavaka of the Emu Plains Ward, Penrith Australia Stake, was one of 10 youth chosen to represent the 2000 Olympic Choir at the official post-Olympic Governor and Remier's reception at Government House in Sydney following the Summer Olympic Games. Ethan, 16, has been singing solo and in choirs since he was 5 years old. With the Olympic Choir, he sang at the Game's opening ceremonies and at the same event for the Paralympics. While heavily involved for months in rehearsals and performances, Ethan continued to excel academically and attend his early-morning seminary class.