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 Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton

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Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton

  • Birth 5 Oct 1946 Maggie Valley, Haywood County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 16 Mar 2009 Parrottsville, Cocke County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial , Specifically: Buried at his home in Parrotsville, Tennessee,
  • Memorial ID 35006710

Folk Figure, Appalachian Moonshiner. Born in Maggie Valley N.C. Marvin was raised with his Daddy and Granddaddy making moonshine. Marvin considered moonshine to be a legitimate part of his heritage, as he was Scots-Irish and descended from a long line of moonshiners. It was in his blood. In the 1960s or 70s, Marvin was given the nickname of "Popcorn" Sutton after damaging a bar's faulty popcorn vending machine with a pool cue. Popcorn had a long career making moonshine and bootlegging. Most of the time he was able to avoid law enforcement, although he was placed on probation in the 1970s and the 1990s. Popcorn had a modern spin on his vocation, appearing in documentaries and even penning an autobiography, “Me and My Likker.” in 1999. His first broadcast appearance was in Neal Hutcheson's documentary, Mountain Talk, in 2002. Popcorn next appeared in the film that would become the cornerstone of his notoriety, This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I'll Ever Make, produced by Sucker Punch Pictures. Filmed and released in 2002, the film quickly became a cult classic. The source footage from this project was re-worked into the documentary The Last One that was released in 2008, which received a Southeast Emmy Award. Popcorn insisted on earning a living the old-fashioned way, and in 2007, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives busted him with 850 gallons of moonshine, stored in an old school bus on his property.He was convicted in 2008 and was due to report to prison. He had been diagnosed with cancer and instead of facing the verdict, he was found dead by Ms. Pam Sutton (his wife) at the age of 62 from carbon-monoxide poisoning. Ms. Sutton discovered her husband in his green Ford Fairlane. “He called it his three-jug car,” she stated, “because he gave three jugs of liquor for it.” In November, 2010, Hank Williams, Jr. announced his partnership with J&M Concepts LLC and widow Pam Sutton to distill and distribute a brand of whiskey named after Popcorn that was asserted to follow his legacy. Dubbed "Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey," it was marketed as having been produced on stills designed by Popcorn using his secret family recipe and techniques Popcorn entrusted to former Supercross professional Jamey Grosser of J&M Concepts.

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  • Created by: Jim Press, Sr.
  • Added: 20 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35006710
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton (5 Oct 1946–16 Mar 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35006710, ; Maintained by Jim Press, Sr. (contributor 31078990) , who reports a Buried at his home in Parrotsville, Tennessee,.