He was born Sept. 21, 1923, in Cleveland, to Bradford and Cora (Lane) Westfield.
He graduated from College Hill High School in Cleveland. He also attended a two-year technical college.
In July of 1943, he joined the United States Army and served in World War II. On Sept. 12, 1947, he was united in holy matrimony to Johnye Belle Jones, also of Cleveland. From this union, three children were born.
Much of Earl’s early adult life was spent playing baseball. He was a left-handed pitcher playing for the Cleveland All Stars. In addition, he played semi-pro baseball for the Philadelphia Black Sox.
He moved to Philadelphia. in 1970. He was employed by the School District of Philadelphia until his retirement at age 65.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bradford and Cora Westfield; brother, James Westfield; daughter, Pamela Westfield; and granddaughter, Melissa (Westfield) Seay.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Johnye Belle; brother, Lloyd R. Westfield of Madison, N.J.; children: Sara Jo (William) Brown of Carson City, Calif., Earl (Catherine) Westfield of Philadelphia, Pa., Sandra Harrison of Etowah, and Michael (Evelyn) Westfield of Philadelphia, Pa.; his grandchildren: Sheila, Dion, Mary, Cornelius, Ava (Kyle), Troy, and Jeremy; and a host of great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
A homegoing service will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2167 74th Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19138. The service will begin at 10 a.m.
If you would like to send a condolence, please contact Michael (Mack) Westfield at (267) 342-1328.
This announcement is made by Patton Funeral Home.