Dr. Charles O’Hagan Laughinghouse was a member of the State Board of Health and served as its Secretary until his death in 1930. He was a practicing physician who was always willing to administer to the suffering day or night. He realized the dire need of a hospital in Pitt County and worked tirelessly to make Pitt Community Hospital a reality.
In 1939, the Service League dedicated a free hospital bed, where the expenses of the occupant of the bed were paid by the Service League, to the memory of Dr. Laughinghouse in appreciation of his life and work. His daughter, Mrs. Helen Laughinghouse Stokes, was the first President of the Service League.