Curtis W. Reese was born on 3 September 1887 on a farm in Madison County in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The Reese family were devout Southern Baptists, and many of the men were Baptist ministers. When Reese earned his first dollar he gave it to the Baptist minister to help pay his salary. At age nine he “accepted Christ as his personal saviour.” He stood before the congregation and confessed that he was a lost sinner and trusted Christ to save him. Although it was mid-winter, he and other converts were baptized in an outdoor creek.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.