Born in 1893 Joseph Reece, grew up in North Carolina, the son of Quaker minister Eli Reece and Mary Birdsall Reece. Joseph also became a Friends minister after attending Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), Cleveland Bible Institute (Cleveland, Ohio), and Friends University (Wichita, Kansas). His wife, Pearl E. Haworth, was also recorded as a Friends minister. The couple pastored in Southern California before coming as a pastoral team to First Friends Church in Portland in 1935. Later he pastored the Vancouver, Washington, First Friends Church. Both Joseph and Pearl were among the first residents at Friendsview Manor, Newberg, Oregon, where Joseph was also a member of the Friendsview Manor Quartet. Pearl died in 1979, and Joe passed away in 1985.