(27 October 1952 - 1960) (divorced) 3 children
Lana (b. November 11, 1953)
Susie (b. May 23, 1956)
Billy Hugh Jr (born September 16, 1958 who died in 1991)
His first marriage was to Martha Matthews; it lasted from 1952 to 1962, The couple have three children: Lana, Susie, and Billy. The last committed suicide in 1991. The marriage was marked by violence, with Matthews assaulting Nelson several times, including one incident when she sewed him up in a bed sheet and then beat him with a broomstick.