According to wife Pam, Popcorn got his nickname from a vending machine at a bar. He tried to get popcorn out of it but it didn't work so he took a pool cue and busted it. The next night, when he returned to the bar, everyone called him "Popcorn".
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According to wife Pam, Popcorn got his nickname from a vending machine at a bar. He tried to get popcorn out of it but it didn't work so he took a pool cue and busted it. The next night, when he returned to the bar, everyone called him "Popcorn". wbir
While he's known for his "outlaw" approach to making moonshine, Sutton actually worked on his own to make it legal in Tennessee and North Carolina. Sutton designed the stills in the Popcorn Sutton Distillery now up and running in Cocke County. His entrusted his famous "recipe" with a young man from California named Jamey Grosser who began producing legal moonshine in Tennessee in 2010 called Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
He put on a gruff exterior but Sutton actually had a tender heart. The famed moonshiner, whose fans included Hank Williams, Jr. and Kid Rock, often bought groceries and paid bills for local families in hard times without them knowing it. According to friend Mark Ramsey, Sutton was the "genuine article". wbir
According to wife Pam, Sutton was her "soul mate" who showered her with gifts and flowers and all kinds of attention. He never let her do housework, he gave her foot rubs and was very attentive. He also sent her romantic cards. Ever the rascal, Pam says they were often risque. Used with permission of Pam Sutton/Facebook
Popcorn had 2 dogs that he adored, Popcorn (left) and Coal Chute (right). He and Mark Ramsey's dad, D.C., found the dogs in a coal chute (someone had thrown the puppies down the chute). Pam still has the dogs and calls them "my babies". Popcorn also loved cats but the couple didn't keep them around because of the dogs. Pam Sutton