It is said that Civil War veteran Joseph Dark instructed his family to engrave an old Irish poem on his gravestone. It reads something like this:
Remember, friends, as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I;
As I am now so you must be,
Prepare for death and follow me.
It is also said that James Burr V Allred (Governor of Texas 1935-1939) sometimes referred to this epitaph in his talks and travels. He added:
"To follow you I'm not content
Until I know which way you went."
[Note: Since posting this several years ago, I have found the grave location of Major Dark and added a link.]