For­mer En­ter­prise-Leader Editor Passes Away

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS -

Pa­tri­cia “Pat” Ridling Har­ris, a for­mer editor for the Wash­ing­ton County En­ter­prise-Leader, passed away peace­fully Oc­to­ber 25, 2018, at Wil­lard Walker Hospice in Fayet­teville, Ark., at the age of 75. She was born April 19, 1943, in Prescott, Ark., to Wil­liam Lee and Lela Faye Biggs Ridling.

She was for­mer man­ag­ing editor at Hope Star, White River Val­ley News in Elkins and the En­ter­prise-Leader. As man­ag­ing editor of the Hope Star dur­ing the pres­i­dency of Bill Clin­ton, Har­ris trav­eled to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to in­ter­view Pres­i­dent Clin­ton and also in­ter­viewed Pres­i­dent Clin­ton’s mother, Vir­ginia Kel­ley. Har­ris worked for 18 years at the Hope

Star and was man­ag­ing editor for 12 years. She joined the En­ter­prise-Leader staff in Fe­bru­ary


Har­ris re­ceived more than 70 awards dur­ing her 30-year news­pa­per ca­reer for fea­ture writ­ing, news busi­ness and ed­u­ca­tion cov­er­age, col­umn writ­ing, front page design and photo page design. She loved pol­i­tics and was al­ways eager to dis­cuss her po­lit­i­cal views with all who would lis­ten to her.

Har­ris is sur­vived by a daugh­ter, Sherry Williams of Fayet­teville; two sons, Christo­pher Polk of Fayet­teville and David Ran­dall Polk of Lit­tle Rock; broth­ers, Bill and Mike Ridling of Prescott; grand­daugh­ter, Anas­ta­sia Polk Young of Fayet­teville; grand­sons, Jor­dan Polk of Fayet­teville and Bran­don Williams of Burn­swick, Ga.; great-grand­chil­dren, Jay­lah Polk of Fayet­teville and Hay­den Brown of Shertz, Texas; and her faith­ful dog, Chewy.

A grave­side ser­vice was held Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28, 2018, at Lib­erty Ceme­tery with Brother Neal Ridling of­fi­ci­at­ing. Ser­vices were un­der the di­rec­tion of the Hern­don-Fuqua Fu­neral Home of Prescott.

To sign the on­line guest­book, www.hern­don­fuqua­fu­ner­al­


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