Celestine Sibley, popular Georgia columnist, continues to receive accolades in spite of her death. Sibley received the NSNC Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 shortly before her death. The Georgia Women of Achievement will induct Sibley winner into its hall of fame next week. She was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2007.
Sibley was a syndicated columnist who wrote more than 10,000 columns and news stories for the Atlanta Constitution, where she worked from 1941 to 1999. Among the issues she covered were the trial of James Earl Ray and the presidential election of Jimmy Carter.
Her well-written and poignant essays on southern culture made her an icon in the South. She was regarded by her colleagues as a reporting legend, and was also the author of nearly thirty books.