Douglas W. Henley, restaurateur

Douglas W. Henley, former executive director of the War Memorial and a Carroll County restaurateur, died Wednesday at his Mount Airy home of pancreatic cancer. He was 67.

Douglas Wade Henley was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Airy. After graduating in 1965 from Mount Airy High School, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a machinist's mate third class until being discharged in 1969.


From 1998 until retiring in 2012, Mr. Henley was the executive director of Baltimore's War Memorial.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Henley was the owner and operator of The Rewst, a bar and restaurant in Taylorsville.


He was also a partner for many years in Convenience Catering based in Mount Airy. Since 2007, when he bought out his partner, he had operated the business with his wife of 10 years, the former Marsha Lynn Hidalgo.

Mr. Henley was past department commander of the American Legion State of Maryland, American Legion Mount Airy Gold Star Post 191, and Sons of the American Legion, where he was chairman of the national membership committee. He was a member of the board of the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training.

He was also a member of Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Henley was a collector of antique whiskey jugs and liquor bottles.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Liberty Road, Winfield.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Henley is survived by a son, Jay Henley of Woodbine; two daughters, Kelly Eshelman of Northern Cambria, Pa., and Katie Henley of West Hollywood, Calif.; a brother, Danny Henley of Baltimore; a sister, Robin Cline of Salisbury; three grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren. Another son, David Henley, died in 2012. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.