Simmons, Lessie Southgate was born on July 5, 1863 in Louisburg, North Carolina, United States. Daughter of James and Delia Haywood (Wynne) Southgate.
Educated Staunton (Virginia) Wesleyan Female Institute, Grand Conservatory of Music, New York. Pupil of Murio-Celli, Bachelor of Science Mills, Samuel P. Warren. Studied voice with Frau Nicholas Kempner, Berlin, and E. Delle Sedie, Paris.
Before marriage was director Durham (North Carolina) School of Music. Director of music in her husband’s college, Eufaula, Alabama, 1893-1898. And at the same time director of music, Georgia Chautauqua, Albany, Georgia.
Director of music Shorter College, Rome, Georgia, 1898-1910, Brenau College, since 1910. Lecturer on music, art, temperance, ancient religions, travels in far Eastern lands, etc.
The state should not use its authority to promote particular religious beliefs, nor should it require prayer or worship in the public schools. However, the state should leave students free to practice their own religious convictions.
Methodist member is very much a folk theologian who should speak 'plain truth to plain people'.
Married Thomas J. Simmons, Doctor of Laws, November 11, 1891.