Liston W. Bailey, Jr., PhD

March 2, 2020
Liston W. Bailey, Jr., PhD

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Dr. Liston Bailey, Jr., 57, passed away at home on March 2, 2020 in Williamsburg, VA, surrounded by his family.

He was born in New York City on October 20, 1962, to Joyce and Liston Bailey, Sr.

Liston grew up on the picturesque island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After attending high school, he earned a scholarship in music to study at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fl. During his time at Florida A&M University he majored in Music Education, freelanced as a radio disc jockey and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1985.

Liston then decided to serve in the Army as an Army Bandsman playing the trumpet. He went on to serve a total of 21 years in uniform. He loved working as a soldier and travelled to many countries representing our nation’s Army. His military assignments took him all over Europe, with excursions to Russia and East Asia. Liston’s assignments included 4th Infantry Division, 8th Army Korea, New York City Area Command, USAREUR 1st PERSCOM, Schwetzingen, Germany, Army School of Music, Virginia Beach, VA and TRADOC.

While serving in Germany he met his wife Gabriele. They married in August 2000 in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Liston earned a PhD in Education and published numerous peer reviewed publications. He wrote the book Educational Technology and the New World of Persistent Learning (2018).

Liston was an educator and lifelong scholar. He had great enthusiasm for research and writing about people in organizations and human potential. He also worked as an Adjunct Professor for numerous universities, including the University of Phoenix and the University of Incarnate Word for the past decade in his spare time.

He worked at TRADOC as an Instructional Systems Specialist and Training Analyst since January 2007, to the present.

During his lifelong quest to gain knowledge and wisdom, he earned four Master’s Degrees, the last one in 2019, graduating from the Army War College DDE program. Liston was an accomplished musician in all areas of music but had the greatest love and passion for Jazz.


Dr. Bailey was preceded in death by his father Liston W. Bailey, Sr. He is deeply loved and missed by his wife of 20 years, Gabriele; three sons, Lionel and wife Leah of Madison, AL, Keith of Tampa, FL, William “Will” of Williamsburg, VA and one daughter, Julie Jefferson of Chattanooga, TN; his mother and step-father, Joyce and Edric Jones of St. Thomas, VI; his siblings, Laura Velinor and her husband Trevor Velinor of Orlando, FL, Luna  Riley and her husband Adrian Riley, of Belmont, NC,  Michele Taylor and her husband Louis Taylor, Jr. of St. Thomas, VI, Atniel Blyden of St. Thomas, VI , and Patrice Bailey of Maplewood, Minnesota; a host of Gabi’s relatives in Germany, the Brodhagen family; five grand-children, Vanessa, Larissa and Aliyah Bailey, Keith Jr. and Zaiden Bailey; nieces and nephews, Jamila and Jabari Velinor, Safiya and Monet Taylor, Madeline and Quinn Bailey, and a host of uncles, aunts, family and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held on March 14, 2020 at 11 am at Regimental Memorial Chapel, on base, at Lee Blvd, Building 923 in Ft. Eustis, Newport News, VA, followed by a graveside burial with military honors at Williamsburg Memorial Park Cemetery at 130 King William Drive in Williamsburg, VA.

Arrangements are under the care of Bucktrout Funeral Home in Williamsburg, VA.

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  • March 11, 2020
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  • March 11, 2020
    Alicia Holland,EdD says:
    Dr. Bailey, you will be missed and we are grateful to have the experience of working with you on several research studies. Your positive energy and passion for literature reviews were unparallel. Rest in Power, Sir.

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  • April 16, 2020
    Gerald Olivas says:
    I worked with Liston through the University of Phoenix. We served together on dissertation committees and co-authored scholarly research studies. Always a professional, yet very personable, he was a pleasure to work with. His input was always valuable and insightful. When there was a pause in the discussion it was Liston who would jump in with a creative thought and steer the group in the best direction. I can tell that he has positively touched, and been an inspiration, in many peoples lives. I will miss sharing and learning with him, as I am sure many others will.