William Leslie Maddox

February 15, 1953December 27, 2010

Our loving friend, Billy Maddox, passed away Monday morning, December 27, 2010, in Austin, Texas. His death was a heartfelt tragedy, a result of a heroic effort defending his beloved wife, Rhonda and their home. Billy is survived by his wife, Rhonda Maddox, brother, Ray Maddox, and the Maddox furry children. He is also survived by Rhonda’s loving family as well as an abundance of friends and fans.

Billy was born in Abilene, Texas on February 15, 1953 to Dr. Ray and Trudy Maddox. Having a strong musical background, he pursued his artistic talent and musical gift at a very young age. As a teenager, he was part of a successful pop group, Cadillac, in Abilene.

In 1971, Billy moved to Austin and soon thereafter formed and was the leader of the highly acclaimed group Electromagnets, which then morphed into the Eric Johnson Band. Along with playing with Eric Johnson and Alien Love Child, Billy enjoyed success as a guitarist with his own band Project Terror. He continued to pursue his own writing as well as playing with many talented groups over the years until his untimely death. Billy was well respected and admired around the world by many fans and musicians and was voted Best Drummer in the Austin Music polls. Billy was a multi-instrumentalist who, along with being a great drummer, was a fine guitarist, singer, pianist and songwriter.

In a brief hiatus from music, Billy took a job in research and development with a new company, PCs Limited and was among its first 10 employees. This small company later became Dell Computer. The success of Dell allowed him to go back to pursuing his love of music full time.

Billy gave his time, support, and dedication to countless individuals who struggled with substance abuse. He gave talks and seminars and sponsored a number of people in recovery and was very committed in his dedication to helping others. He was very proud of his continued sobriety and recently achieved his 24-year chip from Alcoholics Anonymous. Billy was devoted to attending his weekly meetings and was a strong believer in the teachings of the AA Big Book.

All that knew Billy, knew a man of character, honesty, and sweetness with a very profound and loving nature. Billy’s smile and his gratitude for life were inspiring to many, many folks.

A memorial service for Billy will be held at Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6300 West William Cannon Drive, Friday, December 31st, at 1:00 pm. Memorials may be made to the ASPCA or the SIMMS Foundation.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 31, 2010

William Leslie Maddox

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Jim Golden

August 5, 2017

Oh my goodness, I had no idea and stumbled across this. Rhonda, I am so sorry this happened. I still remember the fun I had in Chicago with you way back when. You had a wonderful marriage, I did get to see that. I hope peace and strength have found you, you deserve eternal happiness.

February 17, 2016

Yesterday was Billy's birthday and Julie and I reminisced about what a great person he was and how he touched our lives. Our family continues to mourn his passing over 5 years ago. He was a friend, a cherished member of our family and most important, he was the epitome of what it means to live life to it's fullest and cherish and love those around you. We wish you a happy birthday Billy, let you know you will not be forgotten and to thank you for blessing our lives in so many ways. We Love You Billy. Julie and Ken Aikman

Bob Bell

January 30, 2015

Hi Rhonda. I hope you're well.

January 5, 2015

Today I happened by days after 4 years has passed. I thank you all for your heartfelt sentiments. Its nice seeing folks still writing their sweet words for my beloved Billy. I know he'll always be in your hearts.

Rhonda Maddox

Ken Aikman

August 4, 2014

It has been 3 years and 8 months since our Billy was taken from our family. We will never forget you Billy, your passion, your love, your friendship, and of course your "Cheshire Cat" grin you would have on your face when you were in trouble with Rhonda. Whether it was cruising pawn shops/music stores, picking up ice cream, or hanging out in the green room before you went on stage, you made it all fun, relaxed and filled with laughs. We all still miss you so much and will always love and speak of you to the generations of our family to come. No act can better exemplify our respect and love than that of remembrance of you passed down through the years. With our love always, Julie, Ken Jr., Jennifer, Rosie, Nate, Judy, Sharon, and myself. We miss you!!!

Bob Bell

June 28, 2014

To this day it haunts me. I so miss Billy. I didn't know him and am not a part of his family, but my heart aches.

Dustin Sears

May 18, 2014

Thinking and talking of you all the time out on the road Billy.

May 17, 2014

Rhonda, I am so very sorry for your loss...I think and pray for you often...

Mark Conn

July 25, 2012

Sorry for the late entry, as I'm still not sure what to say. I played with Billy on a number of occasions. With the Eric Johnson Group and Project Terror. I don't feel I need to say anything about his character. I think we all know what kind of fella he was. I just wanted to write and tell the surviving family what a positive, creative and joyful presence he brought to my heart. As everyone else does, I miss him dearly, and I try not to feel selfish for myself. It helps to know that I am sure he is still spreading his light with everyone on the other side. Rhonda, know he was loved and is missed well outside of the immediate family. God's Speed Billy.
Mark W. Thousand Oaks California

Dustin Sears

January 2, 2012

Miss you Bill. Your spirit is strong still every day.