In April 1948, ground was being cleared in Artesia, 10 miles north of the Flagler Beach pier, for construction of a community church which came to be known as the Ed Johnson Memorial Community Church. Mrs. Johnson, the former Lillian Williams of Bertrand, Mississippi CO, MO and daughter of Septimus (Seth) Williams and his wife, Laura Frances Basford, gave the property on which it was to be erected and the material for building.
It is from the Ed Johnson Memorial Community Church that The Hammock Community Church descends.
Ed Johnson was William Edgar (Ed) Johnson, who for 31 years he was actively identified with the business, social and political activities of Flagler County. He was a native of Tennessee, coming to Bunnell in 1912 where he entered the contracting and building business. Ed was the son of William Brantley Cooke Johnson and his wife, Martha Ann Wallace Pipkin.
He was a moving factor in creation of the Ocean Shore Improvement District which was created to build the present Ocean Shore boulevard from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach, he serving as chairman of the trustees of the district for 10 years.
The Ed Johnson Memorial Chapel is still there, but a large church building has been built to the East of same with parking on the north and south. The cemetery is to the north of the church.
In January 2009, the compiler inventoried the following memorial markers placed north of the church. Any items contained in parenthesis were added by the compiler and to not appear on the grave marker. Dates and other information that appear in parenthesis were obtained from obituarties, the Social Security Death Index, the Florida Death Index, other public records and family histories:
(Baldree, Mary Louise, 04 Apr 1939-26 Dec 2016)
Clay, Neva Jan, 30 Sep 1953-21 Apr 2007
“Beloved Wife & Mother”
(on same stone as Trina Michelle Smith)
Copsy, Charlene N., 04 Aug 1911-04 Aug 2009
d/o Charles Crum & Ollie Mae Newton; w/o Francis "Frank" Copsy
Hale, Karen Kierce, 12 Jan 1941-20 Jul 2005
Hoskins, Cynthia S, 17 May 1917-21 Nov 1999
(d/o Andrew Lee Smith & Annie Cammon; w/o Thomas David Hoskins)
Hoskins, Janice Kay, 12 Nov 1946-
(w/o Thomas Eugene Hokins, d/o Edward Cecil Mitchum & Hattie Durcella Smith)
Hoskins, Myria Gene, 07 Nov 1978-25 Feb 1983
(d/o Thomas Eugene Hoskins & Janice Kay Mitchum)
Hoskins, Thomas D. (David), 15 Jun 1903-04 Feb 1984
(s/o David A Hoskins & Alice Virginia Hines; h/o Cynthia Smith)
Hoskins, Thomas Eugene,01Mar 1940-30Apr 2006
(U.S. Army - Vietnam)
(s/o Thomas David Hoskins & Cynthia Smith; h/o Janice Kay Mitchum)
(Mettee, Trula Arlene "Trudy," 11 Sep 1923-11 Nov 2010)
(d/o Oceola McCard & Eva Claire Mauwer; w/o Hal Mettee)
Mitchum, Drucilla Smith, 25 Mar 1924-16 Dec 1989
Beloved wife of Edward Cecil; Mother of Richard, Janice, Donna, Marylyn, Steven, David & Vanda
(d/o Mettie Floyd Smith & Annie A Blackston; w/o Edward Cecil Mitchum)
Mitchum, Jeffery, 15 Sep 1987
Son of Mr & Mrs David Mitchum
Smith, Trina Michelle, 21 Mar 1969-
(on same stone as Neva Jan Clay)
Weaver, Joshua W., 16 May 1994-05 Dec 1994
Any corrections and/or additions should be sent to Claude Sisco Deen, Jr, P.O. Box 637, Flagler Beach, FL 32136-0637; or emailed to: Sisco_Deen@hotmail.com.