Knoxville veteran who waves getting ready to wave goodbye
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Locally famous for waving at each passing vehicle in his Rocky Hill neighborhood of Knoxville, Army veteran Kenny Neely has been told by his doctors to get his affairs in order. He has lung cancer and is expecting just four to six more months of life. All treatments have stopped, but he says he feels OK, so he continues to sit at the end of his drive and wave.
He started waving back in 1998, while he’d wait for a ride to pick him up for work. He had a career laying flooring back then, before he had a stroke. Since then, waving has been his primary activity, aside from watching the Vols.
Friends have set up a GoFundMe account in Neely’s name to cover final expenses.