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assigned to the newest circuit clerks around the state. 
 “He was just wonderful, Page said. “During our rides together to meetings in Montgomery, we formed a strong friendship and working relation- ship I will always cherish.”
 Randy Helms, administrative director of courts, said words couldn’t begin to defi e the impact Bates had on this state.
 “He became an expert in absentee voting and was the go-to-man for all the other circuit clerks,” Helms said. “We looked to him for expert advice. Honestly, the question always seemed to be…. what does Robert think?” He was indeed the leader in the state when it came to absentee voting knowledge. He served with integrity and was re- spected by so many.” 
 Bobby Cowart, a retired Pickens County circuit clerk, said there’s no other word to identify Bates. 
 “Integrity is the word. It is the best word that exemplifies ho Robert Bates is as a person and was as a circuit clerk,” Cowart said. “He was the Robert Bates signing jury checks and certificates of service. man you went to for expertise on the absentee voting. He was a true leader and a friend, who al- ways went above and beyond in everything he did. He never missed much work and could always be found in the office hen you needed him.” 
 Cowart also noted that he and Bates had a unique bond. 
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