Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton

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Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton

Also Known As: "Popcorn Sutton"
Birthplace: Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Haywood, North Carolina, USA
Death: Died in Parrottsville, Cocke, Tennessee, USA
Cause of death: suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Place of Burial: Parrottsville, Cocke, Tennessee, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Lavator "Vader" Sutton and Bonnie M. Sutton
Husband of <private> Sutton
Father of <private> Sutton
Brother of <private> Sutton

Occupation: Folk Figure, Appalchian Moonshiner, Musician-Entertainer
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About Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton

Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton (October 5, 1946 – March 16, 2009) was an American Appalachian moonshiner originally from Maggie Valley, North Carolina. He wrote a self-published autobiographical guide to moonshine production, and self-produced a home video depicting his moonshining activities, and he was later the subject of a documentary that won a Regional Emmy Award. He committed suicide in 2009 rather than report to Federal prison after being convicted of offenses related to moonshine production.

Marvin got his nickname "Popcorn," during a baroom encounter with a pool cue and a popcorn machine, per his friends.


  • 1970s- 1st conviction of un-taxed liquor in the 1970's
  • 1999-Marvin's autobiography "Me and My Likker" published
  • 2007-History Channel featured on Documentary "Hillbilly, The Real Story"
  • 2008-featured in Documentary "The Last One" by Neal Hutcheson
  • 2009-Marvin's tragic death
  • 2012-featured in the New York Times

"Popcorn Sutton's moonshining abilities didn't spontaneously appear. He is the product of generations of Suttons all working in a long line to protect and preserve the knowledge of the stills. The Sutton family name reaches back four centuries into American history .... " Word for Word: The notorious life of moonshiner Popcorn Sutton Tampa Bay Times, 2009


Marvin has become a Folk Figure, quite larger than Life. Chances are if you have not heard of him, you will. R.I.P. Marvin


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Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton's Timeline

October 5, 1946
Waynesville, Haywood, North Carolina, USA
March 16, 2009
Age 62
Parrottsville, Cocke, Tennessee, USA
Parrottsville, Cocke, Tennessee, USA