Popcorn Sutton – Oct 5 1946 – Mar 16 2009

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Above is the address for a YouTube video of Popcorn making moonshine

Below is the address for a tribute site with plenty of information, including how to get a copy of his book Me and My Likker The True Story of a Mountain Moonshiner


**‘Popcorn’ Sutton dies**


PARROTTSVILLE, TENN. – Legendary Haywood County moonshiner Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton took his own life because he couldn’t stand the thought of going to prison, his wife said today.

Pam Sutton said she found her husband Monday afternoon dead of carbon monoxide poisoning outside their home in Cocke County, Tenn.

“He got his letter to report Friday, and he just couldn’t handle it,” she said. “We tried everything we could to leave him on house arrest, and they wouldn’t do it. So I thank the federal court for this.

“And he was really sick. He was depressed. I didn’t know he was that depressed.”

Sutton, 62, spent much of his life making moonshine, a craft that brought him fame and a string of criminal convictions dating back to the 1970s. He was facing 18 months in federal prison on moonshining and weapons charges and had told a judge at his sentencing he was in poor health and would rather die at home than in jail.

Pam Sutton said she went into town to run errands and couldn’t find her husband at their house when she returned. She found him at the rear of their property inside his beloved old Ford Fairlane, which was running, she said.

“He called it his three-jug car because he gave three jugs of liquor for it,” she said. “He had painted it John Deere green and it had yellow wheels. He had drove it to California and back.

“He was a good man, he really was.”

Federal authorities arrested Sutton a year ago on charges of running a moonshine operation that produced hundreds of gallons of liquor.

A judge in January sentenced him to 18 months in prison, rejecting arguments that Sutton had learned his lesson and was too ill to serve time.

“I’d like to die at home instead of in a penitentiary,” Sutton said in court at the sentencing.

Nearly 1,500 people had signed petitions asking for leniency in his sentence.

Born near Maggie Valley, N.C., Sutton was revered by some for preserving a dying piece of mountain history.

His reputation grew beyond the mountains through a book and film he produced about his craft and Internet and cable TV documentaries in which he demonstrated how to make his famous liquor.

Sutton evoked curiosity from people around the world, drawing tourists to places like the Misty Mountain Ranch Bed and Breakfast in Maggie Valley, which has a suite dedicated to the moonshiner.

“He made a very big impact on the whole world because people have called me from all different countries, all over the U.S., asking for his books and tapes and anything you could tell him about Popcorn,” said Misty Mountain co-owner Karen Hession.

Hession and her husband had been friends of Sutton for more than 10 years.

Hession said he captured the spirit of the mountains, but there was also a gentle side to the man that those close to him knew well.

“He was a very kind, thoughtful person,” she said. “I wish everybody knew him like we did.”



3 responses to Popcorn Sutton – Oct 5 1946 – Mar 16 2009

  1. Charlie Kovalik June 18, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Been drinkn his likr for years Mc Clavy introduced us #the stompn ground. Rip popcorn

  2. katie heatherly April 28, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    He wasn’t hurting anyone.Too f–king bad the goverment wasn’t making any money off him.Rest in peace Mr. Sutton,you will be loved and remembered forever.

  3. Maybe related to my moms side of the family,whose maiden name was sitting, also hillbillies.

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