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Jyothi G. Rao

January 1, 1950October 3, 2020
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Jyothi G. Rao, age 70 of Dunn, died on Saturday Morning, October 3, 2020 at Rex Hospital Rehab surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Rao was born on January 1, 1950 in Hyderabad, India the daughter of the late Venkatr Gudepu and Kusum B. of India. Mrs. Rao was the manager of her husband’s Practice at Dunn Erwin Medical Center in Erwin for 25 years. She was a lovely lady who was very giving putting others first, She has been described as a person that would give you the shirt off her back.

She is survived by: Her husband of almost 51 years: Dr. Lakshman Rao of the home. Daughter: Warsha & (husband) Michael DesRosiers of Cary, NC Son: Bhagwan J. Rao & (wife) Cebyle of New York City, NY Grandchildren: Megan DesRosiers, Neil DesRosiers, Avi Rao, Clio Rao Nephew: Bhagwan Rao Chakunta & (wife) Shirisha and Daughters Aanya & Adhya of Cary, NC Niece: Shirisha & (Husband) Madhav Harkara and daughters Anisha and Shreya of Cary, NC Niece: Chitti & (Husband) Jay Bharat Madduri and daughters Kriti and Ameya of Apex, NC Brothers: Rathnakar and his wife and children, G. Prakash Rao & his wife and children Sister: Ujwala & (husband) Chandanna and children. Brothers-in-law and families: Kishan & Neeraja of Greenville, NC; Kalyan Rao of Boston, Ma; Sharat & Radlika of St. Louis, Mo; Nick Monika of St. Louis. Mo; Madhu & Nagamani Rao of Houston, Texas; Sai & Tina Amara of Washington, DC; Sanju of California. Naganna, Ramchander, Chandann and their spouses and children. Sister-in-Law: Swayampraba & Sharat and their children. Nephew: Abhishek & Gautami and their two sons. Nephew: Dr. Umesh Chakunta & (wife) Dr. Shalini & Children. Niece: Dr. Hareesha Vemuganti & (husband) Siddharth Vemuganti & Children The Family will receive friends Sunday Evening, October 4, 2020 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Cromartie Miller Funeral Home, 401 West Cumberland St., Dunn, NC 28334


  • Venkatr Gudepu, Father (deceased)
  • Kusum B., Mother (deceased)
  • Dr. Lakshman Rao, Husband
  • Warsha & (husband) Michael DesRosiers, Daughter
  • Bhagwan J. Rao & (wife) Cebyle, Son
  • Megan DesRosiers, Neil DesRosiers, Avi Rao, and Clio Rao, Grandchildren
  • Bhagwan Rao Chakunta & (wife) Shirisha and Daughters Aanya & Adhya, Nephew & Family
  • Shirisha & (husband) Madhav Harkara and Daughters Anisha and Shreya, Niece & Family
  • Chitti & *husband) Jay Bharat Madduri and Daughters Kriti and Ameya, Niece & Family
  • Rathnakar and his wife and children, & G. Prakash Rao & his wife and children, Brothers & Family
  • Ujwala & (husband) Chandanna and children, Sister and Family
  • Kishan & Neeraja; Kalyan Rao; Sharat & Radlika; Nick Monika; Madhu & Nagamani; Sai & Tina Amara; Sanju; Naganna, Ramchander, Chandann, & spouses and their children, Brothers-In-Laws and Family
  • Swayampraba & Sharat and their children, Sister-In-Law and Family
  • Abhishek & Gutami and their two sons, Nephew and Family
  • Dr. Umesh Chakunta & (wife) Dr. Shalini & Children, Nephew and Family
  • Dr. Hareesha Vemuganti & (husband) Siddharth Vemuganti & Children, Niece and Family

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    Sunday, October 4, 2020


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Florence Lee

October 12, 2020

I extend my sincere condolences to the Rao family on the recent passing of Jyothi. She was a delightful lady and a pleasure to know.
Florence Lee (wife of the late Thomas C. Lee, MD, FACS) .

Hema and Sastry Vedula

October 8, 2020

Dear Dr. Lakshman Rao Garu and Bhagwan and Varsha,

This is Sastry and Hema from Rockville, Maryland.

We are grief stricken after hearing the Sad News of Jyothi Akka. All the memories of our companionship with Jyothi from
Lubbock Texas, Levelland Texas, Iselin/Woodbridge NJ, Pennsylvania, Dunn NC, Raleigh NC just are still flashing thru the minds eye. Jyothi always helped relatives, non-relatives everybody alike. She always offered help if help is required.
Needless to say since 1981 we met so many people but only there are very few people just like her.

Your family is Unique and you have been nice to so many people. We know Varsha and Bhagwan from childhood very open, and nice family. We are truly saddend by the loss that has befallen on you.

May God provide the STRENGTH and WILL to cope during this crisis.

Very Truly,

Sastry and Hema Vedula
Sastry: 240-274-4630 (Mobile)
Hema: 240-305-5931 (mobile)
email: hema.vedula@gmail.com
email: sam.vedula@gmail.com

Debby Willis

October 7, 2020

Dr. Rao,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are going out to you and your family. John and I will greatly miss seeing Mrs. Rao at your annual Christmas party. All our love and prayers are with you.
Debby and John Willis

Suryanarayana Vulimiri

October 6, 2020

Our family was devastated to hear about the loss of Jyothakka, one of our very dear family friends. She was an incredible figure in our community, always full of joy and always bringing so many people together. She always took care of everyone in the family—including treating other families as though they were part of her own family. We will always have many fond, sweet memories with her and her loving family.

Our sincere condolences go out to Dr. Rao and Jyothakka’s family. You are in our hearts and in our prayers at this difficult hour. We pray the almighty to give you the strength to cope with this unimaginable loss. May her blessed soul reach the heavenly abode.

Om Shanti!

Padmaja, Suryanarayana, Madhulika and Laasya Vulimiri

Beverly McLamb

October 6, 2020

So sorry for your great loss. She was a very sweet and caring lady. May God comfort you and your dear family in a very special way.

Padmaja Gayam

October 6, 2020

Dr. L. Rao. Our sincere condolences. We are praying for you and your family for comfort and strength during such difficult times.
Jyothi we will always remember your beautiful smile and cherish the times spent with you. May your soul RIP.

Dr.Padmaja Gayam,Dr. Reddy Parvata and Vimala Parvata

Rocio Del Cueto

October 5, 2020

Dr. L. Rao. We are praying for you and your family for comfort and strength during such difficult times. We didn’t meet your wife but we know she was just as kind as you are. We are very saddened to hear of your loss.

Srikanth Devalapelli

October 5, 2020

Missing one of the most helpful and affectionate person. You were so active in everything. No one has the capability to match you in love and caring towards our family. Even god cannot fill the grief of separation of you from us. Hoping that you will reincarnate in our family and be with us again.
From Sudha Srikanth

Manjula Kulkarni

October 5, 2020

We are very fortunate to have had a such loving n caring person in our family . She was a very active and dynamic lady . She was always first one to help anybody in need . Her unconditional love will be always be remembered. Miss you so much aunty . Om shanti!

Natvar Patel

October 5, 2020

Please know how sorry we all are on the loss of our dear Jyoti ( wife, mother, family member). She was loved by all family members and friends. She always had sweet smile, greeting and genuine care for each one she met specially me and my family. She will missed you , all friends and family.
We are also sorry can not attend for the wake , we got massage very late yesterday.
Our hearts and prayers are with you and all family members.


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