- Former State House Representative and local attorney Charles A. Hostetler, 78, of Raeford died Tuesday at Open Arms Retirement Home after a long illness. He was a two-term legislator from 1957 to 1961 and was Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner in the early 1950s. He was later a partner in the law firm Gore and Hostetler, and then senior partner in Hostetler and McNeill of Raeford. He was attorney for the Hoke County Commissioners and Board of Education, and retired in 1990. During his career he served on the N.C. Bar Association?s Board of Governors.
A graduate of Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh and Wake Forest College and Law School, he also attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. Hostetler served in numerous civic roles including the Raeford Kiwanis Club as president and director, the Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce, the Raeford chapter of the American Red Cross, the Hoke Civic Center, the Mill Prong Historical Association, Pembroke State College as a trustee and the Committee of 100 at Campbell College. He was a member of the board of Southern National Bank and was a director of Southern National Corporation. He was a lifetime deacon at Raeford Baptist Church and served as chairman of the board, and was a Sunday School teacher for more than 40 years. He also served on building and finance committees. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist church, the Rev Thomas Lee, the Rev. John Robinson and the Rev. Max Evington officiating. Burial will be at Raeford Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday at Crumpler Funeral Home from 6 ? 8 p.m. Surviving are his wife, Anne G. Hostetler of Raeford; two sons, Anderson Hostetler Jr. of Bowling Green, K.Y. and E. Henry Hostetler II of Greenville; a daughter, Dorcas H. Douglas of Cary; a sister, Elizabeth Chamblee of Raleigh; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 333 North Main Street, Raeford, N.C. 283876.
(Source: The Raeford News-Journal, June, 2003).