Edwin William (Billy) Thompson, Jr.

November 20, 1969June 2, 2018
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Edwin William “Billy” Thompson, Jr., of Austin, Texas passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at St David’s South Austin Medical Center surrounded by the people he loved. He was 48 years old.

Billy is survived by his wife, Tara, of 25 years, daughter Julia Thompson, son Trey Thompson, parents Edwin and Bobbie Thompson, sister Cindy Harrington, sister Carol and brother-in-law Brian Rawson, and many loving nephews, nieces, and extended family. Billy was a loving father, husband, son, brother, and friend to all.

Billy was born November 20, 1969, in Brownsville, Texas to Edwin and Bobbie (Jelinek) Thompson. He was named after his grandfather, Edwin Thompson and his father, Edwin William Thompson and Billy was so proud to pass the name onto his son, Trey.

Billy was a military brat and lived many places in his youth, but, in 1982 made it to Austin, Texas. He graduated from Johnston High School in 1987 and St. Edward’s University in 2006. On August 1, 1992, he married Tara Yvette Krueger in La Grange, Texas.

Billy was employed by NXP Semiconductors, where he worked in various capacities for over 20 years. Billy’s devotion to his close-knit network of family and friends was absolute and he was always happy to welcome new members. Billy was also an avid sports fan and greatly enjoyed watching his beloved Texas Longhorns with his family and friends. He was known for his humor, his incredible horticultural skills, and his love of all animals, especially his Labrador Retrievers.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. A Celebration of Billy’s Life will be held at 9:30 A.M., Sunday, June 10, 2018 in the Chapel of Cook- Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home with Mr. Brian Rawson officiating. Burial will be held afterwards in the adjacent Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park.

For those desiring, contributions may be made in Billy’s memory to Austin Pets Alive! and the American Heart Association.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, June 10, 2018

Edwin William (Billy) Thompson, Jr.

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Rachel Lockwood

July 6, 2018

I just learned of Bill's passing today. I'm so sad to hear it. I have worked with him now and then at NXP (Freescale / Motorola) through the years, and he was always so kind and so good at taking care of our customers. I will miss him!

Donald Ames

June 11, 2018

Although my wife, Margaret & I only knew Billy through stories shared by his dad Ed, sister Carol & brother-in-law, Brian , we were fortunate to see his life through their words and love. Love for Billy was expressed by them and his dear children Sunday at Billy's funeral so beautifully. What a wonderful man Billy was while here on earth. Now Billy smiles on all of his family & friends from heaven. The tribute paid to Billy through the words & love expressed by his family will remain in all of our hearts. We were fortunate to attend Billy's service at Cook Walden.

Jack Rawson

June 7, 2018

To the members of Billy's family,
Writing this note to adequately express my sincere condolences for your sudden and unexpected loss of Billy Thompson is extremely difficult, if not impossible. I want state any of the usual cliches because I know mere words won't lessen uyour pain and grief. Instead, I'llI simply say that I am so sorry for your family's loss . May the Good Lord eventually lessen your pain and sorrow and allow you to smile because Billy's life happened. God bless you, one and all!

Alisha Lynn Whitaker

June 7, 2018

My dearest friend, so many memories over the last 20 years. I will miss all our vacations together, our new year’s eve celebrations, birthdays, holidays, the just because dinners and get-togethers, the sound of your voice as I heard you call up the stairs for Trey and Julia when it was time to leave and Saturday Longhorn football games. I will always think of you during the field goals, you couldn’t bear to watch and would stand in the next room. The thought of saying goodbye is simply too painful, I will instead think of you not as gone, but in the next room, waiting for those longhorn field goals. As best friends do, I promise to take care of Tara and your most precious gifts to us all, Trey and Julia. Rest easy now, know that you made such an impression in this world and even though our hearts are breaking, we find comfort that we will see you again someday.


Regina Butcher

June 6, 2018

Our love is strong...We love each other now and forever. Our family is strong

Carlos Blanco

June 6, 2018

Bill, my prayers are with your family in these difficult times. Thanks for being my mentor and my pal, I will remember you as one of the most authentic person I've ever met.

Godspeed, my friend.

Randy Keen

June 6, 2018

I will remember all the horns football games and heavy metal shows we saw together.You and Tara were our 1st friends when we moved to austin.Rest in peace Bill


June 5, 2018

Thank you for all your kind words and help over all the years we have known each other. RIP Bill, you will be deeply missed. Sending prayers and thoughts to your family at this difficult time.