The World Museum in Turkey Creek: What’s Your Story

Posted at 7:26 AM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2019-04-14 14:58:29-04

In today’s “What’s Your Story,” Meteorologist Daniel Phillips meets a man whose adventures have taken him around the world. Despite all the beautiful places he’s been he always finds his way back to his hometown of Turkey Creek.

On a dusty road we met Terry King, a man whose roots began in Turkey Creek but whose life has taken him to every corner of the world.

“I’ve worked for 35 years all around the world,” says King. “Nigeria, Norway, I worked four years in Singapore.”

King’s house is a collection of artifacts from nearly every continent. Some of those artifacts could rival those found in any museum.

“These are ebony and they’re from Thailand,” explains King while pulling out a pair elephant figurines. “There’s all kinds of crazy stuff here.”

From Dutch Colonial gin bottles pulled from a river in Nigeria to traditional tools used by Argentina’s famous gauchos.

It’s fair to say that Terry has done a little bit of everything. He’s served in the Air Force and even worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1972 when he says jobs hard to find.

As a pilot he conquered the sky flying for the state and used his spare time to conquer the sea receiving his PADI license while in Indonesia.

And no matter where Terry has been, he always manages to take a little bit of Louisiana swagger with him.

While he’s branched out to far-flung kingdoms, King says he’s never forgotten where his roots are.

“I never left…sometimes I’d be gone for a few years, but I’d come back. I was raised here.”

So instead of leaving Turkey Creek to be out in the world, Terry instead brought the world to Turkey Creek.

Next week, What’s Your Story takes us to St. Mary Parish.