501 Fairvilla Road Orlando, Florida 32808

Dontavion Smith June 18, 2024

Service Details

May 6, 2023 at 2:00 PM
New Church of God by Faith
5000 Silver Star Road, Orlando, FLORIDA 32808

Visitation Information

May 5, 2023 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mitchell's Funeral Home, Inc.
501 Fairvilla Road, Orlando, FL 32808

A Time To Be Born
Sergeant Dontavion LaFrance “Tree” Smith was born December 27, 1976, in Orlando, Florida, to Janice Council and Sylvester Smith.
A Time To Learn
Tree attended Orange County Public Schools, where he graduated in the Class of 1995 from the Jones High School, “Fighting Tigers.”  During his studies at Jones High School, Tree was a varsity basketball team member.  After graduation, he attended Florida Memorial College for a brief period.  In 1998, Tree joined the United States Air Force, serving 14 years, and was honorably medically discharged on July 14, 2012.
A Time To Love
Tree met Janice Rena Jones in the 3rd grade at Pine Hills Elementary School.  Even though they parted ways after middle school, they reunited in 2016.  They were married on May 16, 2020.
A Time To Mourn
On Thursday, April 27, 2023, God dispatched an angel from the gates of heaven to come down and release “Tree” from all his pain and suffering.  He heard the Masters’s voice say, and the scripture declares, “Well Done” thy good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things, enter thou into the joys of the Lord.
“Tree” is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James and Edna Council.
He Leaves to Cherish The Memories of His Life
His loving and devoted wife, Janice; his two sons, SirDonovan Smith, and Damarrion Smith; his daughter/niece, Sacara Council; his granddaughter, Nova Smith; his mother, Janice Council; father, Sylvester Smith; his three brothers, Paris Council, Brian (Lou) Bennet, and Shamar Smith, his mother-in-law, Dorothy Jones, his three sisters-in-law, Jaqueline Solomon, Amanda Montford, and Kathy Jones, his best friend, Brad Mattern, and a host of other loving relatives and close friends.

New Church of God by Faith
May 6, 2023 - 2:00 PM
5000 Silver Star Road, Orlando, FLORIDA 32808

Mitchell's Funeral Home, Inc.
May 5, 2023 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
501 Fairvilla Road, Orlando, FL 32808



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    Robin Curry says

    O death where is thy sting? My heart goes out to you my beautiful sweet and loving goddaughter Janice Jones-Smith, I am so very sorry to hear of the sudden transitioning of your husband/ heartmate. It will be tough to face this world without Tree’s presence and his voice but continue to press on even when it feels like you can’t I will be there to encourage and nudge you. Tree I shall miss our phone conversations and our love of Florida Gator paraphernalia. Janice may GOD himself comfort you, Mr. Sylvester, Ms. Janice Council, SirDonavan and Duke and all others affected by Tree’s transitioning. To be absent in the body is to be present with the LORD. I. love you to all eternity. Your godmother and godfather Robin and Chuck Curry and your brother David “Piggee” Andrews.

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    Edgar & Diane Williams says

    Our heartfelt condolences to the family during this period of sadness. To God be the glory.

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    Janice Jones-Smith says

    My sweet husband, this is one of the hardest moments I have to face. God give me the strength and the courage to face this moment. I love you Tree, my sweet and amazing husband. Love you a lifetime.

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      Janice Parker Watson says

      Sincerest condolences to the entire family and my long-time friend, classmate and neighbor Janice Council Smith and the entire Council and Smith families in the passing of your beloved son, husband, father, nephew and friend. May the peace of God comfort you and sweet memories sustain you all in the days and weeks to come. My entire family mourns with you.

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    Eddie Lee Marayne says

    To the Smith/ Council Family. My deepest condolences and sorrow. We never know when God will dispatch an Angel to Fly us Away. Ther is never a mistake on God’s part. Stay strong and “keep your eye on the Sky.”

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    Jason Todd says

    My condolences go out to Dontavian’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of serving with “Tree” at Holloman AFB, NM. His smile and laughter were contagious even if you were having a bad day. When he spoke, everyone listened. He was an awesome leader and a great friend. You will be Truley missed.

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    Donna owens says

    I am just learning of your transition. We were babies in diapers until we went to Panama cancel. I haven’t spoken to you in over 10 years. My thoughts and prayers are with your beautiful family especially aunt Janice and uncle sly your wife and children and grandchildren. Please have Janice reach out to me my mother Theodora (Teddi) Rowe would like to connect with her. Rest now gods not done with you yet. Eternal life in our father’s kingdom!

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      Anonymous says

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