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Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton
Birth: Oct. 5, 1946
Maggie Valley
Haywood County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 2009
Cocke County
Tennessee, USA

Folk Figure, Appalachian Moonshiner. His career in bootlegging—and getting caught for it—extended back to the 1970s. In 1999, Sutton published Me and My Likker, an autobiography and guide to moonshine production. He was featured in a 2007 documentary Hillbilly: The Real Story, on The History Channel. In 2008, he was featured in the documentary The Last One, filmed by Neal Hutcheson. In November of 2010, Hank Williams, Jr. announced a partnership (including Sutton's widow) to distill and distribute Sutton's whiskey legally for the first time. He considered moonshine production a legitimate part of his heritage, being as he was Scots-Irish and descended from a long line of moonshiners. In January 2009, he was sentenced to eighteen months in a federal prison for illegally brewing spirits and possession of a firearm as a felon. Sutton, 62 and recently diagnosed with cancer, pleaded with the U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer to let him serve his sentence under house arrest. Several petitions were made in attempts to reduce or commute Sutton's sentence, to no avail. In sentencing, the judge specifically referred to the documentary about him. He committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning on March 16, 2009, apparently to avoid a federal prison term due to begin a few days later. On October 24, 2009, Sutton's body was relocated from his original grave site in Mt. Sterling, North Carolina, to his home in Parrotsville, Tennessee, providing an opportunity for the first public memorial service to be held. Sutton's memorial grew in spectacle as country music singer Hank Williams, Jr. flew in to pay his respects. (bio courtesy of: Wikipedia) 
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Specifically: Buried at his home in Parrotsville, Tennessee,
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Record added: Mar 20, 2009
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Marvin Popcorn Sutton
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God bless you and grant a cure for this terrible disease, cancer. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Jul. 12, 2014
God bless you throughout the Summer, the season of life at its fullest. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Jun. 23, 2014
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