Traton Homes is proud to kick-off Mother’s Day Weekend by honoring a very special mom, Nellie Clifford Poston. Mrs. Poston is the mother of Traton Homes’ co-founders Bill and Milburn Poston, and their sister Marian. She is a grandmother of five and has 11 great-grandchildren. This remarkable woman serves as an inspiration not only to her own family, but also to the Traton Homes family and all of those whose lives she has touched.
“We are blessed to have such a wonderful mother who instilled in us her positive outlook on life and her strong work ethic,” said Milburn and Bill Poston. “As the mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of the Poston family, she has built a legacy that will continue to impact the lives of generations to come.”
Born in 1918, she has witnessed firsthand some of our nation’s most difficult times and experienced personal losses that may have left others defeated. Her father died only a week after she was born and her mother passed away when she was 13. Still, she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a businesswoman, so she persevered to reach her goal. Later in her life, she worked as a book keeper at Ford Motor Company for $5 a week, and eventually, she met the man she would marry at her favorite local hamburger restaurant.
She and her husband Red had three children between 1944 and 1949, working side-by-side at an insurance business that they founded together. In 1963, Red passed away suddenly from a heart attack, and it was her inner strength and incredible determination that led her to continue raising their teenagers while keeping books for the family business.
In 1971, her sons Bill and Milburn began a new business venture, forming real estate company Traton Homes. With her strong leadership and inspirational spirit playing an integral role in the business, the company would grow to be one of Atlanta’s leading homebuilders.
At 95-years-old, well past the time when most people would be thrilled to be living a “retired” lifestyle, Mrs. Poston still comes to the Traton Homes office daily with the same passion and dedication she has always shown. In December 2013, her sons honored her by opening a new, Marietta-based custom homebuilding company in her namesake. Nellie Poston Custom Homes is founded on the principles of integrity, dedication, quality, and experience—all important characteristics that Mrs. Poston has exemplified throughout her lifetime.
The Traton Homes Family wishes Mrs. Poston and all mothers a very happy Mother’s Day!