Musical donation made to heritage chapel

Published 3:29 pm Tuesday, August 29, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel in Cooper has more musical options thanks to the donation of a piano by James DeLoach and the Chilton County Commission.

The upright Concord piano, which belonged to DeLoach, had been in the courthouse since the 1960s for musical events.

Ola Taylor of Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel said in recent years, the piano has not been used and the County Commission was looking for a place to relocate the instrument. Someone mentioned the idea of donating the piano to Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel.

Taylor said now musicians will have a choice as to which piano the prefer.

“The upright pianos just have a deeper, richer sound,” Taylor said.

Prior to DeLoach, the piano belonged to local musician Marion W. Easterling,

Although the Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel has not been able to determine just how old the piano is, Taylor said the instrument “fits the look and time of our building.”

The piano is constructed of quarter-sawn wood. Taylor said the design shows off the grain of the wood.

The piano was delivered to the chapel on Aug. 28 by county staff.