Erskine P. Ausbrooks III, Ph.D. "Tracy"

Born in Lakehurst, NJ on June 6, 1951

Departed on July 10, 2016 and resided in Dyersburg, TN

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Erskine P. Ausbrooks III, Ph.D., “Tracy”, of Dyersburg, passed away on July 10, 2016, at the age of 65. He is survived by his father, Erskine P. Ausbrooks, Jr., brothers, Jon Russell Ausbrooks and Daniel Perry Ausbrooks, and nieces Ashlyn and Hailey Ausbrooks, all of Hendersonville. In addition, he is survived by many Ausbrooks and Russell cousins and a multitude of friends, his chosen family, of which there are way too many to name. Erskine was preceded in death by his loving mother, Helen Virginia Russell Ausbrooks, and a brother, Jason.
Known as Tracy to his family and Erskine to his neighbors and friends, he was always cherished as a loving and giving person to everyone. As an esteemed educator for many years at Dyersburg State Community College, he will be remembered as a much loved professor and mentor, and a treasured colleague. Erskine was a nationally recognized artist and his life was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dyersburg.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, July 15th, at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 E. Main Street in Hendersonville. A Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 16th, at the funeral home at 2:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.
To express condolences, please sign our online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, those desiring, can make donations payable to Dyersburg State Community College, with Dr. Erskine P. Ausbrooks III Scholarship Fund noted in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to: Dyersburg State Community College-Advancement Office, 1510 Lake Road, Dyersburg, TN, 38024.

14 Comments to Erskine P. Ausbrooks III, Ph.D. "Tracy"

  1. Rusty Klein
    July 12, 2016 7:33 pm

    When Erskine was in Knoxville last year we had dinner. It was the first time that I’d seen him in 30 years. He was the same kind, sweet man that I remembered. I’m so very stunned that he’s gone. I won’t forget you.

    • Kasi
      July 13, 2016 11:38 am

      Very heartbreaking to learn of the passing of Professor Ausbrooks. Prayers for peace for the family and friends of Dr. Ausbrooks. RIP and fly high with the angles sir. ~love one of the many students of DSCC that admired you~

  2. Danny Ausbrooks
    July 13, 2016 12:15 pm

    Trace, you and mom keep each other company till we all see each again. Love your brother, Danny

  3. Tricia
    July 13, 2016 2:27 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Please take comfort in Jesus Christ words at (John 5:28,29;Rev.21:3,4) “there will be a resurrection and sickness and death will be gone forever.”

  4. Kevin
    July 13, 2016 3:46 pm

    Dr. Ausbrooks was a professor of mine at DSCC in 2003. he was a great teacher and always went the extra mile in helping you understand the lesson. Prayers to his family from mine.

  5. Scott helm
    July 13, 2016 7:27 pm

    Great professor and person. Helped many achieve their goals.

  6. Gregory A. Frye
    July 13, 2016 8:31 pm

    It is with great shock and sadness that I feel concerning of the passing of my former professor from Dyersburg State Community College. Dr. Ausbrooks was a wonderful man and mentor in many ways to a multitude of people and his infectious smile and loving demeanor will be missed. My deepest condolences to all of his Family, Friends, and Loved Ones.

  7. Jess
    July 14, 2016 12:46 am

    What a memorable professor! Sad to hear this news. Prayers for this family!

  8. John Smeton
    July 14, 2016 4:58 am

    I met Erskine though my brother Josh, who had him as a teacher, when I was attending Dyersburg state, in 2004, if I remember correctly, we went upstairs to his office and he listened empathetically to some of my issues. We shared the positive mindset , NLP, and he offered to lend me a book. Him and I were also into Myers Briggs, as he taught it for companies, and we had some nice interests in common. Over the years we would see one another and usually stop and talk when we saw one another. I had him down as a reference and its a bit of a shock to me. The last time we talked was in Dyersburg Kroger and we talked about how technology has changed the world forever.

    I walked by his house today while doing cardio, as I heard the news of his passing, i’ve walked by his house hundreds of times, and always thought of him, as its right by a track I do cardio on. He was a kind hearted, compassionate, intelligent,understanding, positive, diversified person

  9. Catherine Claborn and family
    July 14, 2016 9:37 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ausbrooks family during this time. With sympathy.

  10. Jim and Gena Edwards
    July 14, 2016 10:21 pm

    So sorry to learn of his passing. Having lost a son, I understand your sorrow. The blessed hope of the resurrection helps get us through these times. I pray God’s loving hand on each of you now and in the days ahead. He truly knows our griefs and is that balm of Gilead in times like these.

  11. Chris Miasnik
    July 15, 2016 1:36 am

    On this horrific Bastille Day in Nice, France, I cannot help but think that in the next life, Trace is furiously using every ounce of his compassion and French skills to help these souls understand and come to realize that all will be okay and will work out in the end…and most of all that they have an infinitely loving Heavenly Father and Savior who understands exquisitely the sorrows they are experiencing. That is the Elder Ausbrooks I knew as a missionary in Belgium and France from 40 years ago. Through your stories I can see that he had not diminished from being this kind and caring soul one whit. Love to all of you, his family and friends.

  12. Tom Archer
    July 18, 2016 12:55 pm

    While at DSCC (1993-2003) I would come to work closely with Dr. Ausbrooks. In a recent conversation with a graduate I asked about former instructors hoping to hear some familiar names. She immediately began with “…the psychology instructor with the Bow Tie.” We both in unison said “Erskine Ausbrooks.” She then said “I never wanted to be a psychologist but Dr. Ausbrooks made me feel that I could become a psychologist.” This perhaps is the highest compliment a student can pay to a former teacher. The instilling of confidence, goal setting, and the visualization of personal success no matter the chosen path. He was the best.

  13. John Haun
    May 31, 2017 11:53 pm

    I met Oz in 1974 as he was moving into his new apartment in Chattanooga. What a beautiful guy. He was everyone’s favorite. Very classy and friendly, and yes smart.
    I am so sad Oz is gone. Have not talked to him since 1981 as I have been busy working in many different cities. But thru mutual friends, I did manage to check up on him from time to time. Now that I am slowing down and looking up my old pals, I find most of them are gone.
    RIP you very special man.
    John Haun

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