Karl Einar Andersen

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Karl Einar Andersen PINE KNOLL SHORES - Karl Einar Andersen, of Pine Knoll Shores, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at The Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2512 W. Nash St., Wilson, at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Karl was born near Odense, Denmark on June 19, 1925. During World War II he served in the very active Danish underground group "Holger Danske" until the end of the war. As the British Forces entered Denmark immediately after the war ended he served for a period of time with the British Intelligence. After the Danish Army was reestablished, he then served in the Danish Occupation Army in Germany. In August of 1949 he immigrated to the USA to learn about the tobacco business. He trained by working seasonally for different tobacco companies for two years in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Maryland. He then joined International Tobacco Company in Greenville, where he worked for many years as Vice President. In 1968 Hail & Cotton Tobacco Company, Inc. of Louisville, Ky. bought International Tobacco Company, and in 1970 a buying, processing and sales company was established in Rocky Mount, which became Hail & Cotton International, Inc. Karl served as president. He retired in 1997 as Senior Vice President of Intabex Hail & Cotton International, Inc. Karl also served as past president of Cottobac International, Inc. of Italy and past president and chairman of the Tobacco Association of the United States. In 1951, Karl and his wife "Teenie" Elsa Janis Kittrell fell in love at first sight. In 1952 they married and were fortunate to celebrate 57 anniversaries. He is survived by his wife, Teenie; a daughter, Janis Andersen Sexton, son-in-law John Sexton, and granddaughters, Heather and Anna of San Luis Obispo, Cali.; a son, Karl E. Andersen Jr., daughter-in-law, Vickie Alexander Andersen and granddaughter, Jensen Kristina of Greenville; a son Kenneth R. Andersen, daughter-in-law Dr. Susan Hollar Andersen, and granddaughters Elizabeth and Leigh of Wilson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Edith and Tabor Hill of Middleburg, Fla. and sister-in-law Melba Ilgen of Gainesville, Fla. In Denmark he is survived by two sisters, Gerda Andersen and Ingeborg Sørensen, a nephew, nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins with whom he returned to visit often. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents Margrethe H. Andersen and Karl Morten Andersen of Denmark. In Lieu of flowers, memorials suggested are: Hospice of Carteret County, P.O. Drawer 1619, 302 Medical Park Court, Morehead City, NC 28557, McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, 930-A Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834, Ascension Lutheran Church, 2512 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC 27896, or to the Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church, 201 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Jan. 5, 2010