Laura Bostian McHargue

January 20, 1948April 11, 2018
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Mrs. Laura Bostian McHargue, 70, of Statesville, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 due to complications from cancer.

Laura was born on January 20, 1948 in Cabarrus County, NC and was the youngest daughter of Eva Bostian Cook and stepfather, Robert A. Hooks. She was a kind and gentle woman with a servant’s heart who never met a stranger. She graduated from Statesville Senior High School in 1966 and from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in 1969. She served in the nursing field for 50 years in South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina. Laura enjoyed sharing her love for the Lord with anyone she met. She was very active in church activities throughout her life as a pastor’s wife, mother and during her retirement. Throughout her life, Laura was an asset to her community and a nurturing support to those around her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gene M. McHargue, who she married on November 26, 1970. They were married for 40 years. She was also preceded by three grandchildren, Ryan McHargue Eisele, Eva Rae Smith and Timmy Gene Hetzel; by her brothers-in-law, Percy Johnson and Chuck McHargue; and by her stepfather, Marvin Cook.

She is survived by three daughters, Karen M. Smith, her husband Chad and their son Jacob of South Carolina; Lisa M. Hetzel, her husband Ben and their son Cole of North Florida; and Stacey M. Eisele, her husband William and their children Sam, Madison, Allyn and Carson of Harmony, NC. Laura is also survived by her beloved sisters and brother–in law, Joanne Johnson, Alice and Wayne Talbert and Janet McHargue. She is survived by three half-siblings and one stepsister, Sylvia Overcash, Ginger Reese, Myron Bostian and Thelma Milstead; and by numerous, cherished nieces and nephews.

Services celebrating Laura’s life will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Monticello United Methodist Church with the Rev. Amy Spivey officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to: Monticello United Methodist Church Sanctuary Building Fund, 308 Island Ford Road, Statesville, North Carolina 28625 or to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the care of Mrs. McHargue and her family.


  • Monticello United Methodist Church Sanctuary Building Fund
  • Samaritan’s Purse


  • Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Jill Rash

April 14, 2018

Karen and Lisa, so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Laura and Gene were both a blessing to me while at Wilkes Grove. Keeping you and your families in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Jill

Amy Smith-Gard

April 14, 2018

Laura was a beautiful person who often talked to me with pride about her children and grandchildren. She always talked about each of you with great pride in who you have each become and are becoming. She greatly enjoyed talking to us at Christmas on her way to visit Alice. She showed great love to my children as if they were her own grandchildren. We will miss her presence. Our prayers are with the family, especially Karen, Chad and Jake. We love you!

Penny Darling

April 14, 2018

My condolences to Laura's family, it is never easy to lose a love one. Laura was a warm and loving person and will be greatly missed. She was one of the first person to welcome me and my husband when we moved into the neighborhood. She was always friendly and I just wish I could have spent more time with her. I am happy I had the honor of knowing her for the last few years.

Penny Darling

Brenda Johnson

April 13, 2018

I am deeply sadden to hear Laura has past away. Laura was a wonderful person. I know her family and friends will deeply miss her. My condolence to Laura two daugher and Family. May you all have peace in knowing that she in Heaven and watching over you.
Brenda Johnson

Rose Laney

April 12, 2018

May God touch each of your hearts during this sad time and all the difficult days ahead. I send my love, sympathy, and prayers.