Popcorn Sutton, You’ll Be Missed

When admitted moonshiner and renegade Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, 61 (or 62, depending on who tells the tale) died March 16, his death struck a chord across the Internet, with tens of thousands expressing their grief via online social networks, blogs, and websites. Here’s a sample, with numbers as of March 23:

From Facebook:

RIP Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, (8,132 members, 459 posts)

“well it looks like i wont be enjoying his fine product anymore.. why couldnt they of given him some like community service or something.”—Brian Palmer, W. Carolina

Leave Popcorn Sutton Alone, (4,844 members, 328 posts)

“I hope those big tough revenuers are proud of them selves for protecting the citizens from such a tough drug lord as Popcorn... Sweet dreams old feller.”—Matthew King, Nashville

From jackassworld.com:

(three blog posts)

“He referenced death a lot as I sat with him last October... He even had his gravesite’s footmarker already made... It read, ‘Popcorn said f--k you.’ I don’t know if I should or shouldn’t but that makes me laugh even now.”—Johnny Knoxville, March 17

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Comments » 1

oldwoman writes:

Popcorn died a little too soon. If he could've held on till the end of this legislative session he could have avoided the double charge of having liquor and a gun on his premises. He could have packed the gun into the local bar and been legal. I think the resistance to selling wine in grocery stores and the determination to lock up an old moonshiner have a lot in common. It's called hypocrisy.

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