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Friends and family remember Dale Sharman

Dale Sharman (Lloyd James Funeral Home) Dale Sharman (Lloyd James Funeral Home)

Delek Refining says at least six employees were injured in yesterday's explosion. Four of them were transported to hospitals.

As of Friday afternoon, James Hammett is still listed in critical condition at Parkland hospital. Tony Simpson has been released from ETMC in Tyler. Yesterday, Brett Wells was released from Trinity Mother Frances hospital in Tyler.

The fourth patient passed away from his injuries early this morning at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. 49 year old Dale Sharman of Tyler suffered from burns covering his body.

Friday afternoon, KLTV 7's Molly Reuter sat down with one of Dale's good friends, who says Dale will be greatly missed.

"It was such a shock you know, you're not ready for it," said Aleta Moore.

Aleta Moore has been friends with 49 year old Dale Sharman for more than 20 years. She says her husband grew up with Dale in Tyler.

"He was a wonderful son, wonderful brother, wonderful uncle and a wonderful, wonderful friend," said Moore.

If Dale was your friend, Moore says you had a friend for life. And Dale would do anything for you, without ever asking for something in return.

"If you were moving he was there. If your car broke down he was there. If you needed anything he was there...always, always, just a heart of gold," said Moore.

Dale leaves behind a mother, who Moore says Dale lived with and took care of, and an older brother. He had friends all over the country.  Today, many of you logged on to to leave your condolences.

One family wrote, "Dale lived. What a privilege to have called him friend."  They went on to say, "Heaven is rejoicing the homecoming of another saint."

Another one of you wrote, "Our hearts are broken to learn of this tragic loss. Dale was a fine person who will certainly be missed by everyone. Our hearts go out to his family."

It's those prayers Moore says will help Dale's family and friends get through this difficult time - that and knowing Dale is in a better place.

"He's with God, and he's not in pain anymore and that's wonderful," said Moore.

Funeral arrangements for Dale Sharman are still pending tonight at Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler. Delek Refining gave this statement this afternoon regarding Sharman's death:

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Molly Reuter, reporting.

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