Pam Sutton talks to a customer at Happy Hour Liquor and Wine Saturday. Dave Boyd photo.
JOHNSON CITY — Straight, no chaser. That’s how Pam Sutton drinks her husband’s now-legal moonshine and recommended it to customers at Johnson City’s Happy Hour Liquor and Wine Saturday evening.
But it hasn’t always been legal, and that’s how Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton became famous. He’s one of the region’s most well-known ’shiners, having been featured on the cult classic film “This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I’ll Ever Make,” in the documentary “Hillbilly: The Real Story,” on the History Channel, and on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners.”
Despite his notoriety, Sutton was taken in by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for carrying out what he thought of as his heritage: making moonshine. He died in an apparent suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in 2009, said to have been done to avoid his federal sentence.
Read the full story on the Johnson City Press website.